Though this movie is similar to another infamous film only by name, I will treat ‘The Birth of a Nation’ (2016) as its own entity.
(L-R) Nat Turner (Nate Parker) and Nancy, portrayed by Aunjanue Ellis in the remake of Birth of a Nation.
‘The Birth of a Nation’ (2016) is a film written, acted, and directed by Nate Parker, and also features Armie Hammer and Colman Domingo.
This film is very brutal and may not be suitable for younger viewers.
The film takes place in the slave-era south.
Nat Turner(Parker) is a slave child who is believed to be marked by higher powers and should be listened to.
With a growing ability to read he is taught to read the bible and begins to read passages at his slave masters church.
As an adult Turner begins to preach across the country and witnesses the horror that slavery has brought upon other black men.
Turner finds answers in the bible and leads a rebellion to help the other slaves escape from their owners.
‘The Birth of a Nation’ is one of the best movies to come out this year.
Shocking and brutal in its depiction of slavery, this film will stir you.
‘Birth of a Nation’ creates this very real, and lived in landscape that allows the viewer to really feel in the time period.
Every aspect of the film is very well done, from the acting, to the cinematography, to the sound design.
Nate Parker really brings life to the historic Nat Turner. Turner’s (Parker) scenes are grand in their performance and allow you to glimpse into the life of the man.
The writing is phenomenal and the interactions with the characters are masterfully done.
All motivations are set up and there is a subtle difference in the way that the slaves talk to each other and how they talk to the slave owners.
Though it is opening to a very modest release, I do believe that ‘The Birth of a Nation’ (2016) will be an instant classic.
The only criticism I can really give this movie is the dream scenes which, when faced with very real events, seem slightly out of place.
These scenes eventually lead to very interesting visual symbolism that makes sense at the end of the film.
Even at that, the dream scenes do connect the real world with an artistic representation of what the character is going through.
I give ‘Birth of a Nation’ 5 out of 5 stars and highly recommend this movie.