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Collider | 'The Free World' Review

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When writer/director Jason Lew’s drama The Free World begins, star Boyd Holbrook is instantly magnetic, commanding the screen in what appears to be a story about the difficulties of prisoner rehabilitation once introduced back out into the world. Soon he encounters an enigmatic woman, played by Elisabeth Moss, and the film shifts its focus to a love story between two broken people. But then, after another 30 minutes or so, the movie shifts its focus once again to a surprisingly violent thriller. While the individual pieces of the film work for the most part, the story as a whole is incongruous and, ultimately, unconvincing and frustrating despite a truly terrific performance from Holbrook.

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