STX is offering up a free sample of Free State of Jones. Here’s a five-minute-plus clip from the Civil War saga that follows Newt Knight (Matthew McConaughey) as he tries to protect a teenage rebel soldier (Jacob LoFland) during a fierce battle from early in the film.

The Free State of Jones
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The movie centers on Knight, a defiant Southerner who bands together with fellow farmers and local slaves to take on the Confederacy. He launched an uprising that led Jones County, MS, to secede from the Confederacy and create a Free State of Jones. Knight continued his struggle into Reconstruction, distinguishing him as a compelling, if controversial, figure of defiance long beyond the War.

Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Keri Russell and Mahershala Ali also star in writer-director Gary Ross’ film, whose story he wrote with Leonard Hartman. Produced by Scott Stuber, Jon Kilik and Ross, the film opens Friday.

Have a look at the intense clip and tell us what you think.