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'Freedom' can't overcome forced parallel setup

'Freedom' can't overcome forced parallel setup

The new film "Freedom" crosscuts between "Amazing Grace" composer Capt. John Newton's maiden voyage commanding a slave ship bound for America and four slaves' journey more than a century later along the underground railroad. As they trek from the Monroe Plantation in Richmond, Va., toward Canada while attempting to evade capture by slave hunters, Adira (Phyllis Bash) passes down to Samuel (Cuba Gooding Jr.) the tale of his grandfather's shackled journey aboard the ship of Newton (Bernhard Forcher). There's nothing that connects the narratives other than the shared slavery nexus and the characters' lineage. Screenwriter Timothy A. Chey's...

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