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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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 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...
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.