12 Years a Slave
In the years before the Civil War, Solomon Northup (Chiwetel Ejiofor), a free black man from upstate New York, is kidnapped and sold into slavery in the South. Subjected to the cruelty of one malevolent owner (Michael Fassbender), he also finds unexpected kindness from another, as he struggles continually to survive and maintain some of his dignity. Then in the 12th year of the disheartening ordeal, a chance meeting with an abolitionist from Canada changes Solomon's life forever.
Release Date: October 18, 2013
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if you go knowing there is questionable content,using your historical filter,it has a good message. then go see the butler.March 3rd, 2014 · Details1 Thank ·
A powerful reminder of life in the south for slaves. At times hard to watch. Great movie to open dialogue with this entitled generation. They really need to see how their ancestors were treated way before the Civil Rights Movement. Things not taught in history class.December 9th, 2013 · Details1 Thank ·
Winner of the Best Picture Oscar, 12 Years a Slave has the weightiness that Gravity lacked and the Academy loves that. What’s more, it’s brilliantly made, and features several “Hey, I didn’t know he/she was in this” performances from Alfre Woodard, Paul Giamatti, Brad Pitt, and Sarah Paulson. But it’s Ejiofor and Oscar winner Lupita Nyong’o whose roles shine brightest and make 12 Years a Slave one of the best movies of 2013... <a href="https://www.clearplay.com/MovieDash.aspx?id=4604" class="external" target="blank">See Full Review</a>March 21st, 2014 · Details
ExcellentDecember 13th, 2013 · Details
Three and a half stars for the deeply felt and expertly crafted 12 Years a Slave... <a href="http://www.michaelmedved.com/movie-review/12-years-slave/" class="external" target="blank">See Full Review</a>December 3rd, 2013 · Details
If you thought Alex Haley's "Roots" was the definitive take on antebellum slavery in the United States, prepare for a harsh wake-up call with "12 Years a Slave" (Fox Searchlight).
Unlike Haley's 1976 book, which became a landmark TV miniseries, this film focuses on man's inhumanity to man, portraying it with brutal honesty and a degree of violence that is almost intolerable.
That alone would normally restrict the picture's appropriate audience to a small group of adults. Yet at least some mature teenagers might benefit from this important history lesson with its searing depiction of the endurance of the human spirit against crushing odds... <a href="http://www.catholicnews.com/data/movies/13mv123.htm" class="external" target="blank">See Full Review</a>November 21st, 2013 · Details
Yes, I‚Äôve seen ‚ÄúRoots,‚Äù ‚ÄúAmistad,‚Äù ‚ÄúDjango Unchained‚Äù and even ‚ÄúLincoln,‚Äù but none of these prepared me for the brutality and the outright inhumanity displayed in this exceptional film.
Not only is the performance of Chiwetel Ejiofor mesmerizing, but imagine how tough it was for men like Paul Giamatti, Paul Dano and most notably Michael Fassbender to play such despicable characters. I don‚Äôt know how Fassbender slept those nights, after seeing what he was asked to do here.
It‚Äôs a profoundly moving experience, easily one of the most memorable films of 2013... <a href="http://go.standard.net/movies/reviews/12-years-a-slave-could-be-an-oscar-contender" class="external" target="blank">See Full Review</a>November 14th, 2013 · Details
Set mostly in the pre-Civil War south, director Steve McQueen has fashioned a deeply evocative, and brilliantly acted drama, that graphically and poetically depicts the wide-ranging evils of slavery... <a href="http://www.usatoday.com/story/life/movies/2013/10/17/12-years-a-slave-review/2871005/" class="external" target="blank">See Full Review</a>October 18th, 2013 · Details
Watching ‚Äú12 Years a Slave‚Äù is a shattering experience. It shatters any remaining illusions of gracious, chivalrous, Southern plantation life in the pre-Civil War era, based on the late 19th century myth-making from the children of slave-owners in a toxic effort to disguise the reality that the South was fighting to preserve a system of virulent racism fueled by the economics of plantation life... <a href="http://blog.beliefnet.com/moviemom/2013/10/12-years-a-slave.html" class="external" target="blank">See Full Review</a>
12 Years a Slave lets us stare at the primal sin of America with open eyes, and at moments it's hard to watch, yet it's a film of such emotion that in telling the story of a life that gets taken away, it lets us touch what life is... <a href="http://www.ew.com/ew/article/0,,20721938,00.html" class="external" target="blank">See Full Review</a>