Emancipation Movie Review and Summary
Peter and one of the younger slaves hear one of the masters say that Lincoln had freed the slaves. Peter catches wind of this and it sparks the idea of running.
Emancipation is a 2022 movie about a slave who perseveres a torturous journey through the Louisiana swamplands while escaping his masters who nearly kill him. Peter, played by Will Smith, is a slave who is owned by Captain Lyons, together with his wife and children. Captain Lyons decides to sell him and Peter is forced to leave his family behind.
Building the RailRoad
Peter is taken to a railroad building site where he and some of the other slaves have been sold to. Things there are far worse; the slaves are beaten to a pulp and others are worked to death. Those who dare to run, on the other hand, are hunted like animals and when caught are either brought back to punishment or beheaded and their heads put on spikes.
Peter keeps his faith despite the situation being very difficult. He tries to comfort his fellow slaves with the word of God. One runner who is caught and branded is skeptical of God and says that God does not exist. Peter keeps to his faith and is certain that God is with them.
During one of their daily work routines, Peter and one of the younger slaves hear one of the masters say that Lincoln had freed the slaves. Peter catches wind of this and it sparks the idea of running. He tells the other slaves he is close to this idea and three of them decide to follow him.
On a typical day, Peter is instructed to help a slave who has been worked to death, and by help, I mean to throw his body in a pit full of other dead slaves. Peter does as instructed but on taking the shovel, creates a commotion when he attacks the two masters. The slaves get wind of this and everyone runs in a different direction. The slave hunter, Fessel, played by Ben Foster, immediately gets wind of this and starts shooting slaves and deserters haphazardly.