FreetownAn aggressive civil war has escalated, threatening many lives, including a group of native Liberian missionaries and their leader. With the help of local church leader Phillip Abubakar, the missionaries make the difficult journey, only to have their troubles compounded by a rebel fighter bent on killing one of their own. Now they must be willing to give up all that they have, to make a desperate cross-country trip, with little chance of survival, in order to protect one of their own.
Actors of "Freetown"
Directors of "Freetown"Garrett Batty
Creators of "Freetown"Melissa Leilani LarsonGarrett Batty
Critic Reviews of "Freetown"Hollywood ReporterMay 30, 2015
Although suffused with welcome touches of sly humor, the proceedings never gather the necessary dramatic momentum.National Newspaper Publishers AssociationMarch 07, 2017
The film, based on true events, feels dramatic and thrilling at moments. Other times, its heavy-handed proselytizing mars the proceedings.Deseret News, Salt Lake CityNovember 05, 2015
In total, Freetown delivers a powerful message despite limited means, and marks another success for an emerging filmmaker.Sacramento News & ReviewMay 30, 2015
The inexperienced cast is earnest but wooden, easily upstaged by the stark beauty of the Ghanaian countryside where the movie was filmed.Spectrum (St. George, Utah)April 28, 2015
A compelling story with fascinating characters, undone by a script that does the opposite of what its real-life Liberian missionaries would do: it doesn't take any chances.Salt Lake City WeeklyApril 10, 2015
It's a satisfying surprise indeed to find a "Mormon movie" willing to confront the church's legacy of racism head-on.Salt Lake TribuneApril 09, 2015
Through the adventure, both powerful and funny, Batty and co-screenwriter Melissa Leilani Larson also create a deeply moving depiction of day-to-day missionary work.Austin ChronicleApril 09, 2015
Cinematographer Jeremy Prusso catches some stunning imagery, Robert Allen Elliott's score is genuinely stirring, and the cast, most of whom are from Monrovia, is uniformly excellent.Film Journal InternationalApril 09, 2015
Draggy and one-note, [Freetown is] an indie more interested in reaffirming Mormon dogma than in delivering compelling drama.Tribune News ServiceApril 06, 2015
A dawdling, flat account of African missionaries on the run from rebels that takes forever to get going and even longer to arrive.
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