Freedomland | Chicago Reader

Freedomland

Novelist and screenwriter Richard Price (Clockers) adapted this feature from his 1998 book, and his sober grasp of life in public housing pays off in an unexpectedly troubling crime thriller. A New Jersey police detective (Samuel L. Jackson) struggles to maintain a good relationship with a local project after a white woman who volunteers there (Julianne Moore) claims her child has been kidnapped by one of the black residents in a carjacking. The detective doesn't believe her, but her cause is taken up by a local advocacy group for missing children (led by a no-nonsense Edie Falco), and trigger-happy white cops from a neighboring town bring the situation to a boil. Veteran producer Joe Roth directed; with Clarke Peters and Domenick Lombardozzi of The Wire. R, 113 min.

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