Monday, March 23, 2009

Banana A Day - Mississippi Burning

Mississippi Burning does a good job of portraying the period of segregation and persecution during the civil rights movement. After three civil rights activists go missing in Mississippi, Gene Hackman and Willem Dafoe are sent to investigate. Their characters are very good, and they way that they play off each other is great. Both characters are intense about their jobs, but in different ways. Dafoe is by the books and Hackman does his own thing. Like most movies involving two cops set in their ways, it is only when they work together that they start to crack the case. The scenes of violence perpetrated by the members of Ku Klux Klan are very hard to watch. I feel that these scenes are necessary because crimes like this and ones a lot worse did happen, and there is no need to deny that. As this film is based on a real life FBI investigation into the disappearance of three civil rights activist, the film has been called inaccurate. The films main characters are fictional, so I see no need to criticize the film for this.If you are all interested in the goings on during the civil rights movement, this movie is a must watch.

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