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The Free World (2016)

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A recently released former convict becomes involved with a married woman with an abusive husband.


Jason Lew


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Credited cast:
Elisabeth Moss ... Doris Lamb
Boyd Holbrook ... Mohamed Lundy
Octavia Spencer ... Linda Workman
Sung Kang ... Detective Shin
Frederick Weller ... Officer Ryan
Austin Amelio ... Frankie
Waleed Zuaiter ... Khalil
Sue-Lynn Ansari ... Diner Waitress
Jimmy Gonzales ... Cop #2 (as Jimmy Gonzalez)
Jean Claude Leuyer ... Rufus
Stephen Louis Grush ... John (as Stephen L. Grush)
James Moses Black ... Cop #1
Dane Rhodes ... Marty
Vivian Fleming-Alvarez ... Officer Alvarez
Melanie Hebert ... News Reporter


Following his release from a brutal stretch in prison for crimes he didn't commit, Mo is struggling to adapt to life on the outside. When his world collides with Doris, a mysterious woman with a violent past, he decides to risk his newfound freedom to keep her in his life.

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Only love can truly set us free.


Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some violence and language | See all certifications »






Release Date:

23 September 2016 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Özgür Dünya See more »

Filming Locations:

Louisiana, USA See more »

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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If the religion was Christianity, it would be derided as a Jesus movie
18 August 2017 | by mancinibrownSee all my reviews

The Free World is yet another movie meant to show the power or religion, though the religion of choice this time is Islam, not Christianity. So, at least they don't mention how there's a need to be saved.

Mo(short for Mohamed) was recently released from prison for a crime he didn't commit. While working at an animal abuse shelter, a beaten dog is brought in. Mo's boss threatens to call the cops, but, lo and behold, a cop is the one that beat the dog. Just the first of the bad cops in this movie. There are no good ones.

That evening, in front of the dog's cage in the shelter, he sees the owner, Doris (also the dog-beater's wife), passed out. HE takes her home with him, and later finds out she killed her husband and is on the run. The two then go on the run together, as she killed the man that was beating her.

That's the basics of the story, but along the way we are shown multiple images of Mo washing his arms pre-prayer, praying, etc. His faith is raised multiple times through the story. He converted in prison, where the conversion brought him peace. It's banged over your head multiple times.

Looks to me the director wanted to say, see, not all Muslims are bad, but they're all treated the same by those evil police.

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