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You'll Never Forget "Amistad" Review

Four years after Schindler’s List, Spielberg returned to the director’s chair for his prehistoric sequel The Lost World: Jurassic Park. It wasn’t long, the same year in fact, before he returned to heavier fare with the multi-Oscar nominated Amistad, following the true story of African slaves who led a 1839 mutiny on the titular ship, resulting in a United States Supreme Court Case in 1841. With a star-studded cast and an eye for new talent that would go on to stardom, the film is a superb and nostalgic ensemble work.

Djimon Hounsou, who would go on to fame in Amistad screenwriter David Franzoni’s Gladiator, leads the mutiny. MorganMeth Whore Sucking Dick pornmobile Freeman turns in a superb performance as the fictitious character who discovers James Covey, a translator for the Mende slaves played by Chiwetel Ejiofor in his big screen debut. Funnily enough, Chiwetel found himself pitted against Amistad’s 28-year-old star Matthew McConaughey in 2013’s Oscars for Best Actor. Anthony Hopkins as John Quincy Adams commands the film’s most stirring monologue; the story goes he performed the seven-minute passage in one take, astounding Spielberg himself. Pete Postlethwaite, Stellan Skarsgard, and Anna Paquin round out the A-listers, attesting to Spielberg’s eye for talent in the prime of his career. It’s the shame the same can’t be said for the embarrassment that was Indiana Jones 4.

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The Making of Amistad and the theatrical trailer.

"Amistad" is on sale May 6, 2014 and is rated R. Drama. Directed by Steven Spielberg. Written by David Franzoni. Starring Anthony Hopkins, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Djimon Hounsou, Matthew McConaughey, Morgan Freeman, Pete Postlethwaite.

May
15
2014
Kyle North • Staff Writer

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