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The Underground Railroad - Official Trailer
Prime Video Amazon Prime 15 April 2021
“Nothing was given, all was earned.
Hold on to what belongs to you.”
From Academy Award® winner Barry Jenkins
and based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by Colson Whitehead
comes the Amazon Original limited series "The Underground Railroad".
Premiering May 14 on Prime Video.
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As in several recent stories
— the movie “Harriet,”
the series “Underground” —
an abolitionist network abets Cora
and Caesar’s escape.
But in a magic-realist twist,
this underground railroad
is no metaphor.
It’s a rough-hewed network
that honeycombs the country,
its stations ranging
from grotty caverns
to palatial terminals.
“Just look outside
as you speed through,”
a railway worker tells them,
and you’ll see
the true face of America.”
That face proves
to be multiple and monstrous.
into an alternative
takes her to South Carolina,
where a paternalistic regime
of uplifting Black people
hides sinister intentions;
of the horrific Freedom Trail,
where Black people are banned entirely,
on pain of death;
from a biblical litany of disasters;
where free Black families
nurture a tenuous prosperity.
(The last setting
is the series’s most idyllic,
and thus its most heartbreaking.)
Comparisons with “Roots”
will be inevitable,
but where that mini-series explored
the sweep of slavery over generations,
“The Underground Railroad” zooms in
on how the trauma of generations
is concentrated in one mind and one body.
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