Saturday, November 1, 2014

A Mississippi Burning

A Mississippi Burning is an award winning 1988 film about the 1964 murder of Mississippi civil rights workers.  It is a fictionalized version of actual events that maybe plays loose with the facts, but the film creates great drama and action.  The triumph of the film is in creating atmosphere.  The movie feels like it is transporting you to a different time and place  The attitudes and the fears of all involved come across and real and genuine.  The fact that such terrible things happened has great emotional impact.

When it comes to fictionalized dramas based on real events, I feel cheated in a way because I think that I would rather know the real story rather than one that was made up.

Rating:  * * * 1/2  

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