Hilary Swank leads this ensemble of young people on a quest to find
themselves through literature and the writing in a thoroughly
engaging movie. I must admit that the theme in the movie is time old
and tested, however Swank and her fellow cast are more than up to
the challenge of providing a compelling viewing that will beg to be
viewed over and again.
Basically the story behind it is this; Swank is teaching a group of
inner city students who have all been badly affected by crime and
intolerance of all kinds in their neighbourhoods. Through expressing
themselves by writing, she hopes to salvage some of them from the
gutter that they find themselves in. The neat thing is that this is
based upon a true story and in my opinion is fantastic.
know that weíve all seen movies where the good guys are up against a
wall and prevail, however this gives a very realistic take on the
situation. For someone from Australia, whilst bad things do exist
here, to see what some of these kids are exposed to on a daily basis
is certainly eye opening.
This disc has some pretty neat features on it, though my stand out
favorite would be the audio commentary with Swank and also the story
behind Freedom Writers. Hilary Swank is well spoken and a delight to
listen to on the commentary and itís also great to hear one of the
leads doing some of the talking which itís seemed lately has been
happening less and less.
final word on this one is that itís an extremely solid piece of
entertainment and well worth the bucks.