Freedom Writers- Renae

War- a conflict carried on by force of arms, as between nations or between parties within a nation. That’s exactly what the kids in the movie The Freedom Writers are in. A war all about what race you are. This movie is very informative film done in a fiction way. The actors did a wonderful job and the behind the camera crew was awe-inspiring. Most defiantly a film you want to see. But I must warn you, everyone takes something different from a film so don’t just take my word for it.

            Danny Devito, Michael Shamberg, and Stacey Sher were all producers and the director was Richard LaGravenese. Together they made a film that portrayed, to me, what was a very accurate film about how kids in the ghetto survive and not care about school. Every step the students take, you seem to be right there beside them. The actors that were picked for the characters almost seemed to be the kids themselves. Each actor brought sass and class to the table for their part. You can tell the actors cared about what they were acting in; they even got close to what kids would wear.

            There is one scene that sticks out to me that seemed to be a turning point in the movie. While in a convenient store, a kid gets shot from someone that is against him, race wise. The shooter didn’t even know who he shot; he just shot because he was of a certain race. The special effects in this scene weren’t too exaggerated but they did a great job of showing death and the pool of blood. Because of this and some of the language anyone that is not yet thirteen should not see this movie.

            Over all I think that this film gets a 3.5 out of 5 stars. Having read the book and seen the movie, the movie could have had more explicit language. With having more vulgar words that would have brought the rating up but I think that would have represented what’s really happening better. Even though this movie is to show how the teacher did a wonderful job on changing the students from the gang bangers to the educated people they are today, I do not see this movie as that. You do feel a good feeling when the students change their ways but to me, changing the world they live in is more affective and more beneficial than having the students get good grades. A good movie and excellent representation of the world we live in but not a good movie on changing the way students learn.


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