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Under a new director, deeper themes lurk beneath the disturbing surface story of this sequel to offer a surprisingly relevant takeaway.
We’ve seen slavery depicted on film before, but not like this, comparable to the depths Spielberg plunged us to in Schindler’s List.
It's like a much darker, grittier Count of Monte Cristo without any pesky food for thought. It's also an apathetic waste of time.
Your response to this movie will depend on which element of filmmaking—originality, characters, or performances—means the most to you.