Excerpt: While everything comes together in the film’s third act, this is the type of film that suffers upon reflection. Still its depiction of slavery presents real, vivid horror and its relevance in today’s troubling times is undeniable
Excerpt: Award-winning musical artist Janelle Monáe stars as a successful author trapped in a horrifying reality as a captive slave in the visually beautiful horror-thriller Antebellum. From directors Gerard Bush and Christopher Renz in their feature-length debut, the film is a piecemeal of sociopolitical ideas that loosely come together in the end but ultimately, fail to resonate in any meaningful way for making this a memorable production.
Excerpt: While Antebellum is a gorgeous film to look at, and has admirable goals in mind, it misses on most accounts, falls into all-too-common traps, and the end result plays like an overlong episode of Black Mirror.
Excerpt: Much last this year’s ‘The Hunt’, ‘Antebellum’ is sure to spark controversy and shock viewers into taking a stance, one way or another. And though it may turn some away with its harsh, backdated depictions of racial violence, there’s an urgent core to the film that’s well worth examining.