The Free World (2016)

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The Free World: Directed by Jason Lew. With Elisabeth Moss, Boyd Holbrook, Sung Kang, Octavia Spencer. A recently released former convict becomes involved with a married woman with an abusive husband.

“I thought at first that this was another of my Netflix mistakes. I sometimes queue a DVD for fleeting reasons, and then, when the disk arrives, I wonder u0026quot;why did I want to watch this one?u0026quot; I thought the lead actor was insanely good. Even the parts where he sullenly has nothing to say, his body language spoke volumes. I thought he was perfectly credible as a wounded man-child, having been falsely convicted in his early teens of something that I donu0026#39;t think was ever specified.u003cbr/u003eu003cbr/u003eThe female lead was also the victim of undeserved violence, a battered wife. I liked the way the screenplay took a while to make that clear.u003cbr/u003eu003cbr/u003eMy only complaint is that there were one or two spots in the film where the pacing got really slow. Since these 2 characters werenu0026#39;t free to move around a lot because of the threats against them, there were many cloistered moments during which they could only speak – but then again, neither wanted much to talk due to their situation/condition.”

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