While it is a period piece, it has none of the dull spaces and overacting common to that genre. It is a well-told story of a great man and the terrible evil that he felt called to defeat. It was easy to relate to the charcters. You were allowed to see them in their weaknesses, not just their triumphs, and it made them more real. And the history of the African slave trade was presented as I had never seen it before. It was truly shocking.
Have you ever been to a movie that sought to stay in your head? Asked questions of you? This is one of those movies. It asks, "why are you here?" "What things were you meant to accomplish with your life?" Those are always questions worth revisiting.
- Visit the official movie website to view the trailer and, if you have older children or are interested in more background there is a very high quality study guide that you can download.
- Sign The Petition to End Modern Day Slavery.
- Sign the "No Child Soldiers" Declaration.
- Read the Rebelution's article about Zach Hunter, a teenage abolitionist.
- If you'd like to learn more about the life and Christianity of Wilberforce, you can read the free pdf of Amazing Grace in the Life of William Wilberforce an 80 page biography by John Piper. I just enjoyed it. :^)