#Antebellum – VOD Review

Antebellum – Budget of $14.6 million – 1 hour and 46 minutes

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A slave wakes up on the back of a horse with no idea of her location.  The slave master pulls her off the horse, drags her into her new, yet dilapidated dwelling, and demands her name.  When she doesn’t give it, he beats and brands her.  She screams her name is Eden.  He gives her a list of chores and leaves.  The next morning, Eden is surrounded by other slaves picking cotton.  Slaves can’t speak unless spoken to or suffer harsh consequences.  If they run, they will be killed and cremated.  After the master rapes her, Eden closes her eyes, quietly cries, and falls asleep.

Dr. Veronica, Ph.D., is a successful author, mother, and wife.  She is a formidable pundit on cable news networks.  She advocates for the disenfranchised and discriminated against those who suffer from disillusionment of equality.  After a successful speaking engagement, her friends ask her to celebrate with a night out on the town.  She has a great dinner but decides to head to her hotel.  Over the past few days, Veronica noticed some strange things.  Missing cosmetics, a trashed hotel suite, and little children in elevators.  She’s ready to go back to her hotel suite and relax.  She gets in her Uber and heads back.  But she gets a call from her driver looking for her (FTC Affiliate Disclaimer).  She tells that driver another Uber picked her up and hangs up the phone.  Then a man jumps from the backseat and attacks her.  When she opens her eyes, the world will change.

If you are expecting a traditional horror movie, then watch A Quiet Place or Nightmare on Elm Street.  Contrary to advertising, this movie is a thriller.  While watching, you figure out there is a connection between Eden and Veronica, but you don’t know how they are connected.  When you get the truth, it will leave you stunned.  This movie is a mix of Underground and The Hunt (FTC Affiliate Disclaimer).  As you watch, compare the stark contrast between Eden and Veronica.  Their mannerisms, their display of emotions, their walk, and their bravado change with the political, social, and economic climate of their position in life.  With all Eden endures, Veronica is waiting.

I give it 3.5 out of 5 stars

I know you and I know that you are my only way out of here – Julia

I know be patient. Keep going we have to keep going – Eden

Sometimes what looks like anger is really just fear – Veronica

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