Inspired by the life of Newton Knight and his rebellion against the Confederacy in Jones County, Mississippi, the Free State of Jones hits theaters this Friday, June 24th.
Set during the Civil War, the Free State of Jones stars Matthew McConaughey as Newton Knight. Knight was an American farmer, soldier and southern Unionist and the leader of the Knight Company, a band of Confederate army deserters that turned against the Confederacy during the Civil War.
Directed by: Gary Ross
Cast: Matthew McConaughey, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Mahershala Ali, Keri Russell
Runtime: 139 minutes
Free State of Jones Synopsis
Free State of Jones is an epic action-drama set during the Civil War, and tells the story of defiant Southern farmer, Newt Knight, and his extraordinary armed rebellion against the Confederacy.
Banding together with other small farmers and local slaves, Knight launched an uprising that led Jones County, Mississippi to secede from the Confederacy, creating a Free State of Jones.
Knight continued his struggle into Reconstruction, distinguishing him as a compelling, if controversial, figure of defiance long beyond the War.
The “Free State of Jones” will most likely be buried and over looked opening weekend simply because of a little movie called Independence Day: Resurgence.
You wouldn’t know it by looking at my site, but I’m a bit of a history buff and movies like “Free State of Jones” always catch my interest when they come to the big screen.
I realize that its not getting great reviews on Rotten Tomatoes, but then again it only has twelve reviews at this time. I’m guessing “Free State of Jones” might be able to finish its opening weekend in second place, assuming it can beat out “Finding Dory”, but even that could be a big task for a historical drama.
I’m a believer in historical drama’s such as “Free State of Jones” or any other movie that brings light to the past as I’ve always believed in making sure that we as humans don’t forget what has happened as a reminder of what we as humans once were and what we’ve done as so we don’t repeat or make the same mistakes in the future.
Check out the the official trailer and the six minute preview below and see what you think.