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The Free World (2016)



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How hard would you fight to be free? After spending two decades in prison for a crime he didn't commit, Mo (Boyd Holbrook) struggles to put his past behind him as he readjusts to a new life working in an animal shelter. Doris (Elisabeth Moss) is trapped in another sort of prison: an abusive marriage. A dramatic encounter brings these two troubled souls together, and a possible murder connects them. Soon, Mo finds himself risking everything - including being locked up once again for someone else's crime - to protect the fragile Doris. Driven by explosive performances from Elisabeth Moss and rising star Boyd Holbrook, the feature debut from director Jason Lew is a gripping, mood-drenched exploration of guilt, redemption, and what it means to be free. Academy Award(R) winner Octavia Spencer and Sung Kang costar.

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Boyd Holbrook
as Mo Lundy
Elisabeth Moss
as Doris Lamb
Octavia Spencer
as Linda Workman
Sung Kang
as Detective Shin
Vivian Fleming-Alvarez
as Alvarez-Officer Alvarez
Frederick Weller
as Officer Ryan
Melanie Hebert
as News Reporter
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While the religious stuff is clearly set forth, it's easy to overlook, given the abundant humanity radiated by the leads, the hothouse atmosphere of the murder investigation that threatens them, and the explosion of violence that forces the issue.

October 27, 2016 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Despite the drama's questionable, abrupt shift into B-thriller territory, its leads remain affectingly rooted.

September 29, 2016 | Full Review…

Dog metaphors prove to be only one of Jason Lew's problems, as his debut The Free World is riddled with more than a few unfortunate directorial choices.

September 23, 2016 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…

A movie that abruptly changes direction as it goes along while taking shortcuts that leave its characters underdeveloped and crucial plot elements barely fleshed out.

September 22, 2016 | Full Review…

The pair get a good byplay going, and a couple of individual scenes sing, but overall, it's a creaky mess.

May 3, 2016 | Full Review…

Lew offers up enough soft pleasures in this blend of existential drama and lovers-on-the-run thriller, letting us dwell on modest hopes and dreams, worthy of his seemingly minor story with a large emotional scope.

February 5, 2016 | Rating: B | Full Review…

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