Emancipation 2022 Movie Review
January 26, 2023

Emancipation 2022 Movie Review

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Emancipation 2022 Movie Review

Emancipation is based on the true story of Peter (Smith), a slave who runs away from his plantation in search of his family. He travels across the Louisiana swamp while outsmarting cold-blooded hunters along the way. Peter later joins the Union Army, and during his medical examination, they see his bare back, which has scars from a near-fatal whipping. A photo of his back was published in The Independent under the name “the scourged back.” The image displayed the cruelty of slavery in The United States.

Will Smith shared his thoughts on the film’s premise: “Throughout my career, I’ve turned down many films that were, uh, set in slavery. I never wanted to show us like that, and then this picture came along, and this is not a film about slavery. This is a film about freedom. This is a film about resilience. You know this is a film about faith. It’s a film about the heart of a man, um, what could be called the first viral image.”

That image is the backbone of the entire story and resonates strongly with Smith. He added: ”This was a story that exploded and blossomed in my heart that I wanted to be able to deliver to you in a way that only [director] Antoine Fuqua could deliver.”

The upcoming film stars Will Smith as Peter, Ben Foster as Fassel, Steven Ogg as Sergeant Howard, Charmaine Bingwa as Dodienne, Gilbert Owuor as Gordon, Mustafa Shakir as Andre Cailloux, and Grant Harvey as Leeds.

The film has been screened for several groups, including the Congressional Black Caucus, Historically Black Colleges and Universities, National Council of Negro Women, the National Coalition on Black Civic Participation, and Power Rising. The film will have a limited release in select theaters on December 2, 2022, before releasing on Apple TV+ a week later on December 9, 2022. This date puts the film in the midst of awards season.

Academy Award-winner Will Smith (King Richard) will star in the upcoming historical thriller, Emancipation. The film is expected to be an Oscar contender, with Smith looking to get his second straight Best Actor nomination. Directed by Antoine Fuqua (The Guilty), Emancipation is based on a true story and sees Peter (Will Smith) fight for his freedom and his family’s. Emancipation is Smith’s first film since his Oscar win earlier this year and has already garnered praise. Here is everything you need to know about Emancipation.

Emancipation 2022 Movie Review