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This historical drama recounts a real-life slave revolt that occurred in 1831 Virginia, led by a black preacher named Nat Turner (Nate Parker). Turner is ordered by his master (Armie Hammer) to tour a number of local plantations, delivering sermons to the other slaves that will urge them against violence and any thoughts of rebellion. However, he is so appalled and sickened by the horrors he sees during his travels that he is eventually moved to fight back against the evils of slavery. Aja Naomi King and Gabrielle Union co-star. Parker wrote, directed, and stars in The Birth of a Nation, which won the Grand Jury Prize at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival.~Jack Rodgers
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Rated 5 out of 5 stars
This movie was truly amazing! Very well done and watching it on a 75 inch screen in blu ray was a definite plus. A must see film!!
Those of us who have earnestly studied history, this event in American history has always been a fascinating turning point in the history of slavery in the US. So, watching it portrayed on the big screen, even with the condensed time line, drove home the importance of this film for all Americans to see. This event was the motivation for the beginning of the most restrictive ordinances to exercise absolute control of African American slaves that later were revived to be the base of the Jim Crow laws of the post civil war. The film gives us a vivid look into the life on a plantation, not unlike 12 Years a Slave, which was one of privation and often of sadistic degradation. On a different line, I was overjoyed that this production took the title it did and reclaimed something from a period of our history that was very dark and a film that was nothing more than propaganda for the KKK.
This was an amazing movie, Nate Parker did a wonderful job in his portrayal of Nat Turner. I can only imagine what "the real slaves"endured at the hands of their white masters. Every person should watch this movie and see the horrows of slavery. If you don't feel a sense of sympathy for the slaves you have no heart or soul.This is a wonderful powerful movie. Very nicely done. Tells the history that has been hidden about Nat Turner and his revolt. The quality of the movie is very high and the performances are powerful. You can feel the the pain of the African people as they were suffering at the hands of the dominant society and how that pain allowed them to rise up to defend themselves. This is the anti-slave movie and its a shame the media sought to bury this movie.
If you have problems with the Nat Turner story then you're not going to like this one. That's a different debate on its own, but this movie does great justice to that famous rebellion. The acting is on point here, and the story puts you in a bit of a false place of security before reminding you of how horrid things were for slaves, and it really makes it sweeter when they get their revenge. This is why this one is easier to watch on repeat viewings than something like 12 Years a Slave. That movie was great too, but at least here there is some kind of comeuppance for the characters that you hate.
This is a very good movie, though bracing difficult to watch, most of the time. Its portrayal of the subtle undertones of slavery's oppression in daily life creeps up on the viewer until at some point of aggregation one is suddenly aware of the terrible weight borne by slaves, but also by the slavers; who live with an ever-present fear that some great slave revolt will eventually flare, and this fear prevents any true acknowledgment of shared humanity between the races. This story is an important signpost for contemporary Americans of all backgrounds who fit and question the state of Law and Race Relations today....
This is a movie about the life of a slave named Nat Turner. He's born and raised a slave that was gifted to read. He was only taught the Bible and was restricted to read certain sections of the Bible by his oppressors. After realizing the Bible contradicts their bondage and through other tribulations, Nat Turner leads a slave revolt that lasted for only a few days. Once the short-lived rebellion ended, he was captured and sentenced to hang. The Nat Turner Slave Revolt, not mentioned enough in American history, was one of many rebellions that started the battle to end slavery.
This movie tells a part of U.S. history that many are uncomfortable with, slavery. It will no doubt anger you with how African americans were treated by European americans. I won't spoil the story so i will say the acting is great, the directing by Nate Parker is very good and the cinematography & music is great as well. The story of Nat Turner is important and should be seen...
I'm very into historical films, and I'm thankful that stories that need telling are being told. I was warned that this film was very violent and bloody. I didn't find it that way. While it wasn't pleasant to watch suffering people and what they went through, it was well done. It shows how war is awful, bloody and violent, not gratuitous. I enjoyed this film. It also illustrates the deficiencies we have as a nation, and how much work there is still to be done. (based on the bonus content on the DVD)