The Birth of a Nation

2016

Action / Biography / Drama / History

66
Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Certified Fresh 72%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Upright 75%
IMDb Rating 6.4 10 17186

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Armie Hammer as Samuel Turner
Jackie Earle Haley as Raymond Cobb
Gabrielle Union as Esther
Aja Naomi King as Cherry
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Reviewed by jsauri 3 / 10

Great music and locations, not much else

I frequently caught myself pulled in to the location settings and music, working together to create an immersive feeling. However, Nate Parker is not a talented actor, writer, nor director. All of his contributions lessened this movie. The overall quality and tone of this movie would be excellent for a middle school project, but lacks any real perspective on the events transpiring. The white slave owners come off as more of villains in a 70s blacksploitation movie, than the institutionalized evil they represent. The lack of substance is alluded to in the title itself: an attempt to link this work to something older and more infamous. It tries to assume a place in the debate by namedropping, rather than offering any ideas of its own.

Reviewed by jimbo-53-186511 3 / 10

A long dull slog

Nat Turner (Nate Parker) is a literate slave and preacher and his owner Samuel Turner (Armie Hammer) decides to use Nat's skills to try to calm down other unruly slaves. However, when Nat continually witnesses the atrocious way that the slaves are treated he decides that he can stand by no more and with the help of a small group of fellow slaves he decides to overthrow their owners' violent regime...

The Birth Of A Nation is a well-intentioned, but frequently dull film. Whilst there clearly is a story here, Parker doesn't seem in much of a hurry to tell his story - the film flits between atrocities and preaching, but without any glue to hold the two things together. There's no real character development on offer here and Parker doesn't really teach us much about the era either; I have learned to take biopics with a pinch of salt as we all know that they can often be 'historically inaccurate', but I still think it would have been nice if there were more in the way of content.

Parker presents the whole thing in such a dull and one-dimensional manner that it's almost impossible to care about anyone or anything (and believe me it is hard for me to write these things knowing how badly slaves were treated in the 19th century), but those are my honest feelings on this film.

There were a couple of things that I liked about the film; the score is good and the era has been captured very well. Parker does give an impassioned performance and although his film is problematic, his performance is nothing short of superb - although I found it distracting because of how much he reminded me of Jamie Foxx. He's well supported by the likes of Armie Hammer and it's always nice to see Jack Haley in any picture and he's great in the limited scenes that he appears in.

All in all, The Birth Of A Nation is a pretty poor film that sadly doesn't have a particularly engaging narrative and is filled with poorly developed one-dimensional characters whom it is hard to really care about (as I said before it pains me to say this, but sadly it's true). This is Nate Parker's directorial debut and in fairness I can see potential here, but let's hope that he improves his craft on his next attempt.

Reviewed by grantss 4 / 10

Well-intentioned but clumsy and, for the most part, unoriginal and dull

Virginia, 1820s/30s. Nat Turner is a slave on a cotton plantation. Through his eyes we see the conditions the slaves have to live under, in particular, the brutality of the slave-owners. Due to having the rare privilege of being able to read, Nat is a Christian preacher. His ability to influence other slaves is used by the slave-owners to their own ends, and ultimately by Nat to fight back.

Based on a true story, and produced by, directed by, written by and starring Nate Parker, this movie had the potential to be a powerful examination of the inhumanity of slavery. However, for the most part, it doesn't go anywhere new and is quite dull in its delivery. The first 70% or so of the movie would be only interesting to those who had never seen a movie or documentary on US slavery before. Pretty stock standard stuff, with one-dimensional characters and predictable plot. Quite clumsy at times too, with unnecessary symbolic imagery that is almost laughable.

The final 30% sees the outcome of this brutality and is fairly interesting, with an ending that is reasonably powerful. However, it is underdeveloped and demonstrates how bad the pacing of the movie is. Instead of spending 70% on overdrawn setup and 30% on hasty conclusion, Parker should have built up the pace and spent more time on the outcome.

On another note, the choice of title is interesting. The 1915 film The Birth of a Nation is one of the most controversial and divisive movies of all time. Directed by cinematic pioneer DW Griffith, on the one hand it is lauded as a seminal moment in movie history, due to its cinematographic innovations. However, it is also one of the most racist movies ever made, ending up as a pro-Ku Klux Klan propaganda campaign.

If one of the aims of the 2016 The Birth of a Nation was to reclaim what the title means and set the record straight, fair enough. Just a pity the finished product doesn't come anywhere close to living up to that billing.

Watch 12 Years a Slave instead.

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