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By Grace Montgomery, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Religious historical film has disturbing, graphic violence.

Movie R 2015 98 minutes
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age 12+

Based on 3 parent reviews

age 13+

The Hyms do not match the time, in which the story took place. It Is Well, With My Soul was written in 1874. Pass Me Not has a Copy Write date of 1867...

age 12+

listening to Jubilant Sykes is worth the entire film

This is a sometimes amazing film. The music in it added much to some scenes and in some scenes it took away from the believeability of the film. It does a good job of showing the underground railroad and the slave trade. But, some of the hymns they used were not even in the right time period. It is Well With My Soul was written well after the Civil War. I do recommend it, though. It should not have gotten an R rating.

This title has:

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Is It Any Good?

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FREEDOM could have been a wonderful movie, but ultimately it misses the mark. It has two compelling story lines that, unfortunately, feel cobbled together and make for a disjointed, awkward film. Some moments are magic, such as Samuel's family being hidden from slave trackers by an over-the-top theater troupe. And music is beautifully woven throughout, with almost all the main characters singing haunting or uplifting tunes at various points. But the religious message of finding your faith feels forced, and the actors who should be the most engaging (Cuba Gooding Jr. as Samuel and Bernhard Foucher as Newton) are wooden and one-dimensional.

The message that slavery is wrong and everyone should be treated equally is beautifully presented, and parents wishing to share this message with teens and introduce them to the history of the abolitionist movement might consider this film. But they should definitely also consider the graphic (though historically accurate) violence before showing it to younger or more sensitive teens.

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