Antebellum movie review - Aussieboyreviews


Not quite, but it’s 100% a thriller. The themes in Antebellum are strong and include slavery/racism. The film is also pretty interesting, but needs you to pay attention.


Veronica Henley is a successful author who finds herself trapped in a horrifying reality and must uncover the disturbing mystery before it’s too late.

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Movie details

Director: Gerard Bush, Christopher Renz
Cast: Janelle Monáe, Eric Lange, Jena Malone, Jack Huston, Kiersey Clemons, and Gabourey Sidibe
Writer: Gerard Bush, Christopher Renz
Release Date (Australia): 20 August 2020
Runtime: 105 minutes/1h 45m
Genre: Horror, Mystery, Drama
Country: USA
Language: English

CONTENT GUIDE (warning: May contain spoilers)

Themes (MA15+)

The film is mainly concerned with strong themes relating to slavery and racism, as well as disturbing thematic material including the miscarriage of a pregnancy, rape and suicide.

Violence (MA15+)

The film features strong fight scenes in which people are beaten and attacked with axes, as well as scenes in which people are shot and implicitly raped.

Coarse Language (MA15+)

The film contains an aggressive use of the word “c**t”, in addition to aggressive uses of “f**k”, “ass” and “s**t”.

Sex (M)

The film features implied sexual violence and a verbal reference to sex using the word “f**k”.

mpaa rating

R (for disturbing violent content, language, and sexual references)

Aussie boy's thoughts

Don’t have too high anticipations about this interesting psychological thriller graphically depicting slavery, half moving and half unhurried. But the film needs your full attention for you to properly understand and enjoy it. Obviously Antebellum is a film a lot of audiences will find disappointing and not suitably produced. It kind of is just a poor execution, but the story is engrossing despite the boring sections of it.

What’s also entirely horrific in Antebellum is definitely the slavery. The acting and effects make it all sense intensely realistic, horrifying, graphic and clever. This evidently proves it’s too disturbing for kids, but everyone will find the film torturing and difficult to witness. There’s only certain ingredients that make this horror-thriller disturbingly captivating. And that includes the performances within the dreadful portrayals of slavery and torture, as well as the intelligent writing and fearful visuals. Other than that, the fierce slavery takes up half the film’s pace leaving the rest to the slow-burning story set in the rational present. However, Antebellum is almost everything that fans of wounding psychological thrillers could want.

This appealing flick is also more of a thriller than a horror; it’s grippingly riveting, surprisingly twisted and incredibly thrilling, but is not actually scary. You’ll also find that the trailer is quite delusive and you won’t get what you’re expecting.

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