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Yep as any slaves did during that time, very tragic. I always wondered what happened to the real person afterwards. Same with the women whose children were sold off.

Why didn't he just walk to the end of the driveway and say "F*** that job!"

Yeah that seemed to work out perfect for Kunta

Did the solution to the protagonist's problem seem to come too easily for anyone else here?

I didn't like it. I am sure it is technically a good film and many others would like it, but it wasn't for me. It was too hard work, too frustrating and depressing, and I felt like I had seen the same thing a dozen times before, not just from Amistad type stuff but other stories that were kinda/sorta similar too. For example I saw "Ray" recently about Ray Charles, and I found that far better. It has the struggle story of a poor black guy coming from nothing and overcoming it, and he was blind too! But I could at least relate to the characters, I have a deep interest in music, the star wasn't a typical hero and did many bad things, the other characters were really interesting, and it basically wasn't crushingly depressing.