The 2020 American Horror film ‘Antebellum’ written and directed by Gerard Bush and Christopher Renz, starring Janelle Monae, Gabourey Sidibe, Eric Lange and Jena Malone, is a beautiful piece of work that explores the plight of the innocent creatures. who are forced into slavery.
This film is about a slave trapped in a cotton plantation in the era of civil rights. The epic timing of the film’s release amid the Black Lives Matter protests added to the great storyline.
The film begins with the shooting of the sprawling, seemingly endless plantation and grand mansion with a white lady and her daughter, then shifts to a crowd of black slaves with soldiers watching over them. It is made clear by the flag of the confederation flying high that we have landed in the era of the civil war and thus the soldiers.
Here we meet Eden, played by Monae, a slave who is held captive and sexually assaulted by a commanding officer she calls ‘him’.
The other slaves, along with Eden, are also tortured and abused by Captain Jaspar and the other soldier. The mansion’s mistress, Elizabeth, whom we saw at the beginning, is also harsh and indifferent to their pain.
The second part of the film takes us to America today, where we see a life led by Eden, then called Veronica.
She really seems to be happy surrounded by the people she loves. Things turn the other way around when she heads south on a work trip, which leads her to board a “taxi” where Elizabeth and Captain Jaspar successfully handcuff her.
Antebellum Ending: How Are Veronica And Eden Related?
The ending of “Antebellum” seemed to raise many questions in our minds. Was Eden an ancestor trying to reach Veronica through her grave or was she just a character created by Eden’s imagination?
The truth is, they are both the same. The story is from the 21st century and the other half gives us an insight into the happy life of Veronica that once led to fascination. Veronica is stripped of her identity, past life and name as soon as she sets foot on the plantation.
Veronica’s Escape in “Antebellum”:
While another slave ends her own life, Veronica and her fellow slave “Eli” decide to flee. Both carry out their plan at night, putting their hands on the general’s cell phone. Veronica uses it to send her location to her husband, but they wake up the general. Eli loses her life in the fight and Veronica somehow manages to knock out the general.
But the fight doesn’t end there.
Captain Jaspar sees Veronica and while on the way, Veronica cries that the General is in the barn, mortally wounded and falls into a trap, Captain Jaspar and other soldiers rush to the barn to reveal the true identity of the General – Senator Blake Denton.
Veronica then burns the shed. Elizabeth also joins the fight against Veronica, but Veronica somehow manages to knock her out. Finally, she is seen whizzing past the billboard promoting the dark plantation as a park that reads “Antebellum,” Louisianna’s first Civil War reenactment park.
All major credit cards and Apple Pay are accepted. Anyone who disturbs the peace on this plantation will be prosecuted. Blake Denton, owner. Outside the seclusion of “Antebellum” the tourists look at her with fascination and sneak photos of her.
FBI agents are then raided the site and the “Antebellum” billboard is later bulldozed.
Racism: What the movie really represents in terms of past and present.
A quote from William Faulkner, American writer and Nobel laureate, taken from the novel “Requiem for a Nun”, is shown: “The past is never dead. It’s not even the past. “Fits perfectly with” Antebellum “.
Speaking of the movie, all the gruesome incidents took place in an area that was clearly visible to the American public, but no one sees it as the present, not even the viewers of the movie. They only see it as a turbulence from the past. Turning a blind eye does not detract from its existence.
This movie also reminds us that the people who are best received by society tend to conduct heinous and incredible criminal activities. The Denton family not only fascinates and tortures slaves, but they also shamefully earn a profit by hiding dark secrets in the park. “Antebellum” is the eye-opener when it comes to racism.