The ship is intercepted by the American navy and a messy trial ensues to see who has rights regarding the cargo, Spain, America. From people like Morgan Freeman and Anthony Hopkins you can't expect anything else but a fine performance, but it was the rest of the cast that offered me a nice surprise. Instead, they are misdirected and when they reach the United States, they are imprisoned as runaway slaves. In the end I can only say that this is a movie that every American and every European should see. And there is absolutely nothing wrong with that, as long as it is done properly and accurately, because these movies are often the only source of new knowledge for a lot of people once they have left school and even at school they hate history classes because they don't seem to understand the importance of it.
These events, based on facts, occur before the Civil War. And it's that sense of reality that makes this movie so special. Freed slave Theodore Joadson wants Cinque and the others exonerated and recruits property lawyer Roger Baldwin to help his case. What happens briefly is that a cargo of Africans on a Spanish slaver revolted mid sea and killed all but two on board. The current one in 1839 is Martin Van Buren who's probably best known for being the real founder of the Democratic party political machine. They certainly aren't suited for people who can't stand the sight of blood or very graphic violence, but excluding them from this movie would not only be a shame, it would harm the sense of reality. I can feel people sighing from here.
The most emotionally devastating episodes for me were the barbaric transporting and drowning of the slaves. At the same time it's very easy and very hard to say what I liked about this movie. And perhaps it's the slave boat and all the scenes on it that were the most incredible. We learned about the Civil War and what led up to it. My respect for Spielberg's artistry has been taken to another level. Those two were preserved because the Africans didn't know anything of seamanship.
There is one thing that I've never understood about Hollywood. The film itself is a visual wonder. It is so much about context and moral ambiguity, and ultimately the tragic ridicule of the situation. Anthony Hopkins captures the man who was now called Old Man Eloquent down to his clipped New England speech. During the long trip, Cinque leads the slaves in an unprecedented uprising.
Think of the American Civil War, the Hollocaust, the Second World War, the Vietnam war,. It is carrying a cargo of Africans who have been sold into slavery in Cuba, taken on board, and chained in the cargo hold of the ship. The fact that it hasn't been told at least a dozen times makes it original, but doesn't make it easy to compare it to other similar movies of course. The Africans depicted here are forbidden to be slaves in the first place. I hope this film lives on to become a classic. This movie is for so many reasons worth to be seen not once, but at least a couple of times , that it doesn't deserve anything less than an 8. But the plight of the slaves themselves, not a word.
I rent far more videos, Amistad being one of them. On their way there, the slaves, led by Cinque Djimon Hounsou , rebelled, killing off part of the crew. The cinematography, set decoration, lighting, and editing were extraordinary. Amistad is grand entertainment and a needed history lesson about man's need for and willingness to fight to be his own master. I was reminded that interior spaces in the 1830's were not garishly lit Hollywood sets with dramatic shadows. During the long trip, Cinque Djimon Hounsou leads the slaves in an unprecedented uprising. When it comes to historic and realistic movies, they have used about every possible subject.
Of course he was the son of our second president John Adams and like his father refused to do even the normal political things that could have gotten him re-elected. The acting is magnificent, mainly two amazing performances. The story itself focuses on a mutiny aboard a transatlantic slave ship, led by Cinque. During the long trip, Cinque leads the slaves in an unprecedented uprising. Then they are discovered by some American marine officers, who bring the ship into harbor and hand over the slaves to the local authorities.
Yet, the mistakes of our forefathers must be examined in order to rectify current situations. Instead, when they reach the United States, they are imprisoned as runaway slaves. Hounsou's portrayal of a man in an alien world who's only desire is to go back where he came from will sear your very soul. However, the ship was still directed towards the United States, where the Africans were brought to trial under murder. Let me start with the story on itself. It is this emotional force that carries the film.
It was hoped that when the Constitution got going in 1789 that slavery might die on its own accord. I believe that he and the African actor Djimon Hounsou should have been seriously considered for acting awards. They are then held prisoner in Connecticut, and their release becomes the subject of heated debate. They continue to sail, hoping to find help when they land. Freed slave Theodore Joadson Morgan Freeman wants Cinque and the others exonerated and recruits property lawyer Roger Baldwin Matthew McConaughey to help his case.