From the onset, the images of that were released for Antebellum were chilling and confusing. A story told in two parts and in two different times. And much like the movie itself, doesn’t give too much away until it’s ready to.
But despite having a movie poster that is reminiscent of a horror film, Antebellum isn’t a jump scare style movie. Instead, it’s one that will make you more afraid of people in reality and what they are capable of instead of the boogie man in the dark.
Antebellum is really a two part story, one on the plantation and one in the modern world with a powerful author Veronica. The world’s collide and Veronica finds herself in a situation that no one in modern times wants to experience.
While Antebellum is brought to you by same producers of Get Out and Us, it plays on the same underlying storyline that Get Out and Us bring to the table – Black people being controlled and tortured by white people for their own pleasure. Antebellum also capitalizes on the violence put on Black bodies that often is used as a story point and shown over and over again to bring a story to life.
There are parts of Antebellum that hard to watch, and once you piece together what exactly is going on – it makes those parts even harder to stomach. The real scary part is the fact that this situation could actually happen and that some people may find that type of reality is perfectly acceptable.
Antebellum is eye opening, and interesting movie to watch but is hard to enjoy at the same time. But maybe that was the point of the movie? To make us uncomfortable with the situation Veronica is put in, and as a warning of realities around us that could make it a possibility.
Successful author Veronica Henley (Janelle Monaìe) finds herself trapped in a horrifying reality and must uncover the mind-bending mystery before it’s too late. ANTEBELLUM is a terrifying new thriller from the producer of the acclaimed films GET OUT and US, and groundbreaking directors Gerard Bush and Christoper Renz (Bush+Renz) – an exciting new voice in filmmaking. (LIONSGATE)
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