It's early May 1999 when a woman, Brenda Martin (Julianne Moore), stumbles into a hospital emergency room with badly lacerated palms. She claims to have been the victim of a carjacking near the local housing projects. Detective Lorenzo Council (Samuel L. Jackson) is called in and, while interviewing Brenda, he discovers that her four-year old son was in the car at the time it was stolen. The police force is mobilized and the search centers around the projects where the criminal/kidnapper presumably lives (he is described as being a young black male). The high rise complex is barricaded, and tensions between the mostly white police force and the mostly black residents escalate. Council is concerned that a powder keg exists and the blue touch paper is close to being lit. So he pushes full force into the investigation, hoping to make an arrest before the situation explodes. His work is hampered by Brenda's hotheaded brother, Danny (Ron Eldard), a member of a nearby police force. He's out for blood, and doesn't much care about whose rights get trampled in the process. The deeper Council looks, the more convinced he becomes that Brenda is lying.
I went to see this movie today. Sam Jackson was amazing in this gut wrenching film that deals with lies, racial tension, and child neglect. I was on the edge of my seat while watching this movie. Freedomland is a fantastic hard-edged drama that draws you in and speaks to your soul as you watch how project living African Americans are treated once a young Caucasian boy disappears. Julianne Moore will surely get an Oscar nomination for her incredible performance. I encourage everyone to go and see this incredible movie. It will keep you guessing until the end.