ABC Film Challenge – Action – F – Free State of Jones (2016) Movie Review

Director: Gary Ross

Writer: Gary Ross (Screenplay) Leonard Hartman (Story)

Starring: Matthew McConaughey, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Mahershala Ali Keri Russell, Christopher Berry, Sean Bridges

Plot: A disillusioned Confederate army deserter returns to Mississippi and leads a militia of fellow deserters and women in an uprising against the corrupt local Confederate government.

Runtime: 2 Horus 19 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Story: Free State of Jones starts when a Confederate soldier Newton Knight (McConaughey) becomes disillusioned with the war after seeing a child he knew killed, leading him to desert his company.

Newton sees the corruption from the local Confederate Government in his home state of Mississippi, where he starts to build his own militia of fellow deserters, women and outsiders who are the targets of their hate.

Thoughts on Free State of Jones

ThoughtsFree State of Jones is another film looking at the tragic side of the American Civil War, the people who were taken, but also the people that would stand up and being counted to make a difference, no matter what it would mean for themselves. The story does filled in the gaps between the major events, over the years of the fight to do what is right to make sure everything is changed. This will show what they changed and the price it cost people, in what is another incredible story of people doing the right thing during a major conflict. The performances are great as you would expect from such a talented cast here, while the action scenes are used sparingly to show the brutality of the battles.

Final Thoughts Free State of Jones is another incredible story of heroic actions during conflicts.

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