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Fast-Paised review: ‘Freedomland'

Big question: A former drug addict (Julianne Moore) enlists the help of a cop (Samuel L. Jackson) when her son disappears. Has Moore forgotten "The Forgotten"?

Skip it: The actors in "Freedomland" don't play characters; they represent static states of mind, starring Jackson as patience, Ron Eldard (here, the child's uncle) as pissed off, and Moore--who spends the entire film freaking out--as panic.

Catch it if: You want to see moms take over the police force. Edie Falco leads a vigilante crew that schools the cops.

Bottom line: "Freedomland" underplays an already muddled race card, using parental pain as the sole emotion capable of crossing the divide between blacks and whites. The film turns its criminals into victims and makes no solid statement about crime or racial strife in America.

Bonus: Not sticking to your New Year's weight-loss resolution? Jackson delivers a solid defense: "There's just more of me to love."



Directed by Joe Roth; screenplay by Richard Price, based on his novel; cinematography by Anastas Michos; production design by David Wasco; music by James Newton Howard; edited by Nick Moore; produced by Scott Rudin. A Columbia Pictures release; opens Friday. Running time: 1:53. MPAA rating: R (for language and some violent content).

Lorenzo Council - Samuel L. Jackson

Brenda Martin - Julianne Moore

Karen Collucci - Edie Falco

Danny Martin - Ron Eldard

Boyle - William Forsythe

Felicia - Aunjanue Ellis

Billy Williams - Anthony Mackie

Marie - LaTanya Richardson Jackson

Rev. Longway - Clarke Peters

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