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here_RB
's_POS
a_DT
word_NN
analogy_NN
:_:
amistad_NP
is_BEZ
to_IN
the_DT
lost_JJ
world_NN
as_IN
schindler_NN
's_POS
list_NN
is_BEZ
to_TO
jurassic_JJ
park_NN
._.
in_IN
1993_CD
,_,
after_IN
steven_NP
spielberg_NP
made_VBD
the_DT
monster_NN
dino_???
hit_VBD
,_,
many_DT
critics_NNS
described_VBN
schindler_NN
's_POS
list_NN
as_IN
the_DT
director_NN
's_POS
"_"
penance_NN
"_"
(_(
as_CS
if_NN
there_RB
was_BEDZ
a_DT
need_NN
for_IN
him_PP
to_IN
apologize_VB
for_IN
making_VBG
a_DT
crowd-pleasing_NN
blockbuster_NN
)_)
._.
now_RB
,_,
after_IN
a_DT
three-year_JJ
layoff_NN
,_,
spielberg_NP
is_BEZ
back_RP
with_IN
a_DT
vengeance_NN
._.
once_RB
again_RB
,_,
his_PP$
summer_NN
release_NN
was_BEDZ
special_JJ
effects-loaded_VBN
action_NN
/_SYM
adventure_NN
flick_NN
with_IN
dinosaurs_NNS
munching_VBG
on_IN
human_JJ
appetizers_NNS
._.
now_RB
,_,
following_JJ
his_PP$
1993_CD
pattern_NN
,_,
he_PP
has_HVZ
fashioned_VBN
another_DT
serious_JJ
,_,
inspirational_JJ
christmas_NN
release_NN
about_IN
the_DT
nature_NN
of_IN
humanity_NN
._.
that_CS
film_NN
is_BEZ
amistad_NP
._.
although_CS
not_XNOT
as_IN
masterful_JJ
as_CS
schindler_NN
's_BEZ
list_NN
,_,
amistad_NP
is_BEZ
nevertheless_RB
a_DT
gripping_JJ
motion_NN
picture_NN
._.
thematically_RB
rich_JJ
,_,
impeccably_RB
crafted_VBN
,_,
and_CC
intellectually_RB
stimulating_JJ
,_,
the_DT
only_JJ
area_NN
where_CS
this_DT
movie_NN
falls_VBZ
a_DT
little_JJ
short_JJ
is_BEZ
in_IN
its_PP$
emotional_JJ
impact_NN
._.
watching_VBG
schindler_NN
's_POS
list_NN
was_BEDZ
a_DT
powerful_JJ
,_,
almost_RB
spiritual_JJ
,_,
experience_NN
._.
spielberg_NP
pulled_VBD
us_PP
into_IN
the_DT
narrative_NN
,_,
absorbed_VBN
us_PP
in_IN
the_DT
drama_NN
,_,
then_RB
finally_RB
let_VB
us_PP
go_VB
,_,
exhausted_JJ
and_CC
shattered_VBD
,_,
three-plus_NN
hours_NNS
later_RBR
._.
aspects_NNS
of_IN
the_DT
movie_NN
have_HV
stayed_VBN
with_IN
me_PP
ever_RB
since_CS
._.
amistad_NP
,_,
while_CS
a_DT
fine_JJ
example_NN
of_IN
film_NN
making_VBG
,_,
is_BEZ
not_XNOT
as_IN
transcendent_NN
._.
the_DT
incident_NN
of_IN
the_DT
ship_NN
la_NP
amistad_NP
is_BEZ
not_XNOT
found_VBN
in_IN
any_DT
history_NN
books_NNS
,_,
but_CC
,_,
considering_VBG
who_WP
writes_VBZ
the_DT
texts_NNS
,_,
that_CS
's_BEZ
not_XNOT
a_DT
surprise_NN
._.
however_RB
,_,
the_DT
event_NN
is_BEZ
a_DT
part_NN
of_IN
the_DT
american_JJ
social_JJ
and_CC
legal_JJ
fabric_NN
,_,
and_CC
,_,
while_CS
amistad_NP
does_DOZ
not_XNOT
adhere_VB
rigorously_RB
to_IN
the_DT
actual_JJ
account_NN
,_,
most_DT
of_IN
the_DT
basic_JJ
facts_NNS
are_BER
in_IN
order_NN
._.
several_DT
,_,
mostly_RB
minor_JJ
changes_NNS
have_HV
been_BEN
made_VBN
to_IN
enhance_VB
the_DT
film_NN
's_POS
dramatic_JJ
force_NN
._.
on_IN
the_DT
whole_JJ
,_,
while_CS
amistad_NP
may_MD
not_XNOT
be_BE
faithful_JJ
to_TO
all_RB
of_IN
the_DT
details_NNS
of_IN
the_DT
situation_NN
,_,
it_PP
is_BEZ
true_JJ
to_TO
the_DT
spirit_NN
and_CC
meaning_NN
of_IN
what_WDT
transpired_VBN
._.
one_CD
stormy_JJ
night_NN
during_IN
the_DT
summer_NN
of_IN
53_CD
,_,
the_DT
53_CD
men_NNS
imprisoned_VBN
on_IN
the_DT
spanish_JJ
slave_NN
ship_NN
la_NP
amistad_NP
escape_NN
._.
led_VBN
by_IN
the_DT
lion-hearted_VBN
cinque_JJ
(_(
djimon_JJ
hounsou_???
)_(
,_,
they_PP
take_VB
control_NN
of_IN
the_DT
vessel_NN
,_,
killing_VBG
most_DT
of_IN
the_DT
crew_NN
._.
adrift_JJ
somewhere_RB
off_IN
the_DT
coast_NN
of_IN
cuba_NP
and_CC
uncertain_JJ
how_WRB
to_TO
make_VB
their_PP$
way_NN
back_RP
to_IN
africa_NP
,_,
they_PP
rely_VB
on_IN
the_DT
two_CD
surviving_JJ
spaniards_NNS
to_IN
navigate_VB
the_DT
eastward_JJ
journey_NN
._.
they_PP
are_BER
tricked_VBN
,_,
however_RB
,_,
and_CC
the_DT
la_NP
amistad_NP
,_,
which_WDT
makes_VBZ
its_PP$
way_NN
northward_RB
off_IN
the_DT
united_JJ
states_NNS
'_"
eastern_JJ
coastline_NN
,_,
is_BEZ
eventually_RB
captured_VBN
by_IN
an_DT
american_JJ
naval_JJ
ship_NN
near_IN
connecticut_NP
._.
the_DT
kidnapped_VBD
africans_NNS
are_BER
shackled_VBN
and_CC
thrown_VBN
into_IN
prison_NN
,_,
charged_VBN
with_IN
murder_NN
and_CC
piracy_NN
._.
the_DT
first_OD
men_NNS
to_IN
come_VB
to_IN
the_DT
africans_NNS
'_"
defense_NN
are_BER
abolitionists_NNS
theodore_IN
joadson_NN
(_(
morgan_NP
freeman_NN
)_)
and_CC
lewis_NP
tappan_NP
(_(
stellan_NP
skarsgard_NP
)_)
._.
they_PP
are_BER
soon_RB
joined_VBN
by_IN
roger_NP
baldwin_NP
(_(
matthew_NP
mcconaughey_NP
)_)
,_,
a_DT
property_NN
attorney_NN
of_IN
little_DT
repute_NN
._.
aided_VBN
by_IN
advice_NN
from_IN
former_DT
president_NN
john_NP
quincy_NN
adams_NP
(_(
anthony_NP
hopkins_NP
)_)
,_,
baldwin_NP
proves_VBZ
a_DT
more_DT
persuasive_JJ
orator_NN
than_CS
anyone_PN
gave_VBD
him_PP
credit_NN
for_IN
,_,
and_CC
his_PP$
central_JJ
argument_NN
--_???
that_RB
the_DT
prisoners_NNS
were_BED
illegally_RB
kidnapped_VBN
free_JJ
men_NNS
,_,
not_XNOT
property_NN
--_???
convinces_VBZ
the_DT
judge_NN
._.
but_CC
powerful_JJ
forces_NNS
have_HV
aligned_VBN
against_IN
baldwin_NP
's_POS
cause_NN
._.
current_JJ
president_NN
martin_NP
van_NP
buren_NNS
(_(
nigel_NP
hawthorne_NP
)_)
,_,
eager_JJ
to_IN
please_RB
southern_JJ
voters_NNS
and_CC
11-year_JJ
old_JJ
queen_NN
isabella_NP
of_IN
spain_NP
(_(
anna_NP
paquin_NN
)_)
,_,
begins_VBZ
pulling_JJ
strings_NNS
behind-the-scenes_NNS
to_IN
ensure_VB
that_RB
none_PN
of_IN
the_DT
africans_NNS
goes_VBZ
free_JJ
._.
at_IN
its_PP$
heart_NN
,_,
amistad_NP
is_BEZ
a_DT
tale_NN
of_IN
human_JJ
courage_NN
._.
cinque_NN
is_BEZ
a_DT
heroic_JJ
figure_NN
whose_WP$
spirit_NN
remains_VBZ
unbreakable_JJ
regardless_RB
of_IN
the_DT
pain_NN
and_CC
indignity_NN
he_PP
is_BEZ
subjected_VBN
to_IN
._.
he_PP
is_BEZ
a_DT
free_JJ
man_NN
,_,
not_XNOT
a_DT
slave_NN
,_,
and_CC
,_,
while_CS
he_PP
recognizes_VBZ
that_CS
he_PP
may_MD
die_VB
as_IN
a_DT
result_NN
of_IN
his_PP$
struggle_NN
,_,
he_PP
will_MD
not_XNOT
give_VB
it_PP
up_RP
._.
effectively_RB
portrayed_VBN
by_IN
newcomer_NN
djimon_JJ
hounsou_???
,_,
whose_WP$
passion_NN
and_CC
screen_NN
presence_NN
arrest_NN
our_PP$
attention_NN
,_,
cinque_NN
is_BEZ
the_DT
key_JJ
to_IN
viewers_NNS
seeing_VBG
the_DT
amistad_NP
africans_NNS
as_IN
more_DT
than_CS
symbols_NNS
in_IN
a_DT
battle_NN
of_IN
ideologies_NNS
._.
they_PP
are_BER
individuals_NNS
,_,
and_CC
our_PP$
ability_NN
to_IN
make_VB
that_RB
distinction_NN
is_BEZ
crucial_JJ
to_TO
the_DT
movie_NN
's_POS
success_NN
._.
to_IN
amplify_VB
this_RB
point_NN
,_,
spielberg_NP
presents_NNS
many_DT
scenes_NNS
from_IN
the_DT
africans_NNS
'_"
point-of-view_NN
,_,
detailing_VBG
their_PP$
occasionally-humorous_JJ
observations_NNS
about_IN
some_DT
of_IN
the_DT
white_JJ
man_NN
's_POS
seemingly-strange_NN
"_"
rituals_NNS
"_"
._.
the_DT
larger_JJR
struggle_NN
is_BEZ
,_,
of_IN
course_NN
,_,
one_CD
of_IN
defining_VBG
humanity_NN
._.
as_CS
the_DT
nazis_NNS
felt_VBD
justified_VBN
in_IN
slaughtering_VBG
jews_NNS
because_CS
they_PP
viewed_VBD
their_PP$
victims_NNS
as_IN
"_"
sub-human_NN
,_,
"_"
so_RB
the_DT
pro-slavery_NN
forces_NNS
of_IN
amistad_NP
use_NN
a_DT
similar_JJ
defense_NN
._.
the_DT
abolitionists_NNS
regard_VB
the_DT
africans_NNS
as_IN
men_NNS
,_,
but_CC
the_DT
slavers_NNS
and_CC
their_PP$
supporters_NNS
see_VB
them_PP
as_IN
animals_NNS
or_CC
property_NN
._.
in_IN
a_DT
sense_NN
,_,
the_DT
morality_NN
of_IN
slavery_NN
is_BEZ
on_IN
trial_NN
here_RB
with_IN
the_DT
specter_NN
of_IN
civil_JJ
war_NN
,_,
which_WDT
would_MD
break_VB
out_RP
less_DT
than_CS
three_CD
decades_NNS
later_RBR
,_,
looming_VBG
over_IN
everything_PN
._.
amistad_NP
's_POS
presentation_NN
of_IN
the_DT
legal_JJ
and_CC
political_JJ
intricacies_NNS
surrounding_VBG
the_DT
trial_NN
are_BER
fascinating_JJ
,_,
making_VBG
this_DT
movie_NN
one_CD
of_IN
the_DT
most_DT
engrossing_NN
courtroom_NN
dramas_NNS
in_IN
recent_JJ
history_NN
._.
four_CD
claimants_NNS
come_VB
forward_RB
against_IN
the_DT
africans_NNS
:_:
the_DT
state_NN
,_,
which_WDT
wants_VBZ
them_PP
tried_VBD
for_IN
murder_NN
;_;
the_DT
queen_NN
of_IN
spain_NP
,_,
who_WP
wants_VBZ
them_PP
handed_VBD
over_IN
to_IN
her_PP$
under_IN
the_DT
provision_NN
of_IN
an_DT
american_JJ
/_SYM
spanish_JJ
treaty_NN
;_;
two_CD
american_JJ
naval_JJ
officers_NNS
,_,
who_WP
claim_VB
the_DT
right_NN
of_IN
high_JJ
seas_NNS
salvage_VB
;_;
and_CC
the_DT
two_CD
surviving_JJ
spaniards_NNS
from_IN
la_NP
amistad_NP
,_,
who_WP
demand_VB
that_CS
their_PP$
property_NN
be_BE
returned_VBN
to_IN
them_PP
._.
baldwin_NP
must_MD
counter_VB
all_PDT
of_IN
these_DT
claims_NNS
,_,
while_CS
facing_VBG
a_DT
challenge_NN
to_IN
his_PP$
own_DT
preconceived_JJ
notions_NNS
as_IN
the_DT
result_NN
of_IN
a_DT
relationship_NN
he_PP
develops_VBZ
with_IN
cinque_JJ
._.
even_RB
though_CS
attorney_NN
and_CC
client_NN
are_BER
divided_VBN
by_IN
a_DT
language_NN
barrier_NN
,_,
they_PP
gradually_RB
learn_VB
to_IN
communicate_VB
._.
aside_RB
from_IN
cinque_NN
,_,
who_WP
is_BEZ
a_DT
fully-realized_JJ
individual_JJ
,_,
characterization_NN
is_BEZ
spotty_JJ
,_,
but_CC
the_DT
acting_JJ
is_BEZ
top-notch_NN
._.
matthew_NP
mcconaughey_NP
successfully_RB
overcomes_RB
his_PP$
"_"
pretty_JJ
boy_NN
"_"
image_NN
to_IN
become_VB
baldwin_NP
,_,
but_CC
the_DT
lawyer_NN
is_BEZ
never_RB
particularly_RB
well-defined_JJ
outside_IN
of_IN
his_PP$
role_NN
in_IN
the_DT
la_NP
amistad_NP
case_NN
._.
likewise_RB
,_,
while_CS
morgan_NP
freeman_NN
and_CC
stellan_NP
skarsgard_NP
are_BER
effective_JJ
as_IN
joadson_NN
and_CC
tappan_NN
,_,
they_PP
are_BER
never_RB
anything_PN
more_DT
than_CS
"_"
abolitionists_NNS
._.
"_"
nigel_NP
hawthorne_NP
,_,
who_WP
played_VBD
the_DT
title_NN
character_NN
in_IN
the_DT
madness_NN
of_IN
king_NN
george_NP
,_,
presents_NNS
martin_NP
van_NP
buren_NNS
as_IN
a_DT
spineless_JJ
sycophant_JJ
to_IN
whom_WP
justice_NN
means_NN
far_RB
less_DT
than_CS
winning_JJ
an_DT
election_NN
._.
finally_RB
,_,
there_EX
's_BEZ
anthony_NP
hopkins_NP
,_,
whose_WP$
towering_JJ
portrayal_NN
of_IN
john_NP
quincy_NN
adams_NP
is_BEZ
as_IN
compelling_JJ
as_CS
anything_PN
the_DT
great_JJ
actor_NN
has_HVZ
recently_RB
done_DON
._.
hopkins_NP
,_,
who_WP
can_MD
convincingly_RB
play_VB
such_DT
diverse_JJ
figures_NNS
as_IN
a_DT
serial_NN
killer_NN
,_,
an_DT
emotionally-crippled_JJ
english_JJ
butler_NN
,_,
and_CC
richard_NP
nixon_NP
,_,
makes_VBZ
us_PP
believe_VB
that_CS
he_PP
is_BEZ
adams_NP
._.
his_PP$
ten-minute_NN
speech_NN
about_IN
freedom_NN
and_CC
human_JJ
values_NNS
is_BEZ
unforgettable_JJ
._.
one_CD
point_NN
of_IN
difference_NN
worth_IN
noting_VBG
between_IN
amistad_NP
and_CC
schindler_NP
's_POS
list_NN
is_BEZ
this_DT
film_NN
's_POS
lack_NN
of_IN
a_DT
well-defined_JJ
human_JJ
villain_NN
._.
schindler_NN
's_POS
list_NN
had_HVD
ralph_NP
fiennes_NP
'_"
superbly-realized_JJ
amon_???
goeth_VB
,_,
who_WP
was_BEDZ
not_XNOT
only_RB
a_DT
three-dimensional_JJ
character_NN
,_,
but_CC
a_DT
personification_NN
of_IN
all_PDT
that_DT
the_DT
nazis_NNS
stood_VBD
for_IN
._.
there_EX
is_BEZ
no_DT
such_DT
figure_NN
in_IN
amistad_NP
._.
the_DT
villain_NN
is_BEZ
slavery_NN
,_,
but_CC
an_DT
ideology_NN
,_,
no_DT
matter_NN
how_WRB
evil_JJ
,_,
is_BEZ
rarely_RB
the_DT
best_JJS
adversary_NN
._.
it_PP
is_BEZ
to_IN
spielberg_NP
's_POS
credit_NN
that_CS
he_PP
has_HVZ
fashioned_VBN
such_DT
a_DT
compelling_JJ
motion_NN
picture_NN
without_IN
a_DT
prominent_JJ
antagonist_NN
._.
amistad_NP
's_POS
trek_???
to_TO
the_DT
screen_NN
,_,
which_WDT
encountered_VBD
some_DT
choppy_JJ
waters_NNS
(_(
author_NN
barbara_NP
chase-riboud_NP
has_HVZ
cried_VBN
plagiarism_NN
,_,
a_DT
charge_NN
denied_VBN
by_IN
the_DT
film_NN
makers_NNS
)_)
,_,
comes_VBZ
in_IN
the_DT
midst_NN
of_IN
an_DT
upsurge_NN
of_IN
interest_NN
in_IN
the_DT
incident_NN
._.
an_DT
opera_NN
of_IN
the_DT
same_DT
name_NN
opened_VBD
in_IN
chicago_NP
on_IN
november_NP
1997_CD
,_,
1997_CD
._.
numerous_JJ
books_NNS
about_IN
the_DT
subject_NN
are_BER
showing_VBG
up_RP
on_IN
bookstore_WRB
shelves_NNS
._.
it_PP
remains_VBZ
to_IN
be_BE
seen_VBN
how_WRB
much_DT
longevity_NN
the_DT
amistad_NP
phenomena_NNS
has_HVZ
,_,
but_CC
one_CD
thing_NN
is_BEZ
certain_JJ
--_???
with_IN
spielberg_NP
's_POS
rousing_VBG
,_,
substantive_JJ
film_NN
leading_JJ
the_DT
way_NN
,_,
the_DT
spotlight_NN
has_HVZ
now_RB
illuminated_JJ
this_DT
chapter_NN
of_IN
american_JJ
history_NN
._.
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