The Underground Railroad
IMDb rating: 7.9/10
Rotten Tomatoes rating: 97%
This is Oscar winner Barry Jenkins’s first series, based on Colson Whitehead’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel. Cora Randall, played by our very own Thuso Mbedu, makes a desperate bid for freedom in the antebellum South, fleeing a Georgia plantation and heading for the Underground Railroad, an escape she’s heard rumours of.
She suspected that the Railroad was a metaphorical path to freedom, but Cora soon discovers a real-life railroad, complete with engineers and conductors, and secret tracks and tunnels that run beneath the Southern soil.
During her journey, Cora is followed by Ridgeway (played by Joel Edgerton), a bounty hunter who will stop at nothing to drag her back to the plantation. He’s got a history with Cora’s family – her mother, Mabel, was the only person he’s never caught.
Travelling from state to state, Cora deals with her mother’s legacy, the knowledge that Mabel left her behind, and her own terror of realising a life that she never thought was possible.
New York Times writes, “Jenkins gets it all. It’s as if he has figured out how to funnel more feeling through a camera lens than anyone else,” with IndieWire saying, “What’s so striking about “The Underground Railroad” is how richly it captures the interiority of its characters, no matter how much time they’re given.”
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