ANTEBELLUM movie review

ANTEBELLUM movie poster

Janet's TAKE: #Antebellum tries hard to be a thriller, but gets lost in the strong message about the horrors of slavery and racism. Janelle Monáe is magnetic as the main character and the rest of the cast is good. 

The problem is that the filmmakers create confusion with transitions designed to give this film a twist. The result is less than perfect. Pedro Luque Briozzo's cinematography and Mary Zophres' costumes give this film a stylish look that is impressive. Grade/C+

Written and Directed by Gerard Bush & Christopher Renz

Starring Janelle Monáe, Marque Richardson II, Eric Lange, Jack Huston, Kiersey
Clemons, Tongayi Chirisa, Gabourey Sidibe, Rob Aramayo, Lily Cowles, and Jena Malone

Synopsis: 
Successful author Veronica Henley (Janelle Monáe) finds herself trapped in a horrifying reality that forces her to confront the past, present and future - before it's too late. Visionary filmmakers Gerard Bush + Christopher Renz (Bush + Renz) - best known for their pioneering advertising work engaged in the fight for social justice - write, produce and direct their first feature film, teaming with QC Entertainment, producer of the Academy Award winning films GET OUT and BLACKkKLANSMAN, Zev Foreman, Lezlie Wills, and Lionsgate for the terrifying new thriller ANTEBELLUM. -Lionsgate

Streaming on PVOD starting September 18, 2020.

MPAA Rating: R for disturbing violent content, language, and sexual references

Running Time: 105 minutes

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