|They were friends since childhood and Samuel's mother was the first to notice Nat's incredible ability to read this was a time when literacy was considered a gift, and rare even for white landowners||While I am not saying that Turner's Rebellion was without cause, the film dilutes the harsh realities of what Turner's Rebellion did|
|The pacing is either mind-numbingly slow or so quickly cut and erratic that you can barely grasp what is going on||Sing praise in assembly of the righteous|
To execute on them this written judgement! To bind their kings with chains, and their nobles with fens of iron! The sound design, at least on the Sundance version that I saw, was very flat and felt a bit too post-production sounding.18
|Let the high praise of God be on the mouths of the saints and a two-edged sword in their hand to execute vengeance on the demonic nations! Visual artistry notwithstanding, Parker's nuance is the cogs and wheels turning in Nat's head||There are some truly powerful performances in the film and some well done battle sequences to enjoy but other than that, this is an average film|
|This honor have all his saints! Like Steve McQueen's relentless 12 Years a Slave before, the theme on dehumanisation is rampant and doesn't let go even during its most harrowing moments||Let the high praise of God be on the mouths of the saints and a two-edged sword in their hand to execute vengeance on the demonic nations! To execute on them this written judgement! However, this does stand as Nate Parker's first directorial effort and, for a first film, it is a damn fine effort that should lead to more work as a director|
Quite frankly, there is a lot wrong with the film.