(Dayo Okeniyi, Ben Robson, James Cromwell, Kat Graham, Keean Johnson, et al / DVD / PG-13 / 2020 / Universal Pictures)
Overview: 'Emperor' is inspired by the legend of Shields "Emperor" Green (Dayo Okeniyi), a descendant of African kings turned outlaw slave in the pre-Civil War South.
Seeking freedom for his family, Emperor fights his way north, joining the daring raid on Harper's Ferry and helping alter the course of American history.
DVD Verdict: Inspired by the true story, the film follows Shields Green (Okeniyi), who in 1859 escaped from a plantation and made a daring journey north where he met Frederick Douglass (Lennix) and John Brown.
With the opportunity to continue to freedom in Canada, Green instead chose to fight to end slavery. The raid at Harpers Ferry is considered one of the sparks that led to the Civil War.
Ready, willing and always able actors, Academy Award® nominee Cromwell and Academy Award® nominee Dern, play John Brown and Levi Coffin, respectively, two of the great heroes of the American abolitionist movement.
Known for her role in the Starz drama, Power, Naughton plays Sarah Green, the wife of abolitionist and runaway slave Shields Green. Sheer, recently seen in The Disaster Artist and Veep, portrays drunken, pretentious plantation owner Duvane Henderson.
The film, directed and co-written by former Lionsgate executive Mark Amin and Pat Charles, and primarily shot in Savannah, Georgia, is actually very timely for our day.
For Shields Green’s story tells us about a time when so many brave people were fighting for racial equality, meaning Shields’ willingness to die for the principle he knew was right – that no man is born greater than any other – moves one to the core, believe me.
Indeed, this cinematic story of courage and fight against injustice will resonate deeply with audiences worldwide for its timeliness and enthralling depiction of a legend and his allies who literally changed the course of history. This is a Widescreen Presentation (2.39:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs.
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