12 Years A Slave

Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
12 Years A Slave
Based on the true story of Solomon Northup. It is 1841, and Northup, an accomplished, free citizen of New York, is kidnapped and sold into slavery. Stripped of his identity and deprived of all dignity, Northup is ultimately purchased by ruthless plantation owner Edwin Epps and must find the strength within to survive. Filled with powerful performances by an astonishing cast including Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Fassbener, Benedict Cumberbatch, Brad Pitt, and newcomer Lupita Nyong'o, 12 Years a Slave is both an unflinching account of slavery in American history and a celebration of the indomitable power of hope.


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The harrowing account of a black man, born free in New York State, who was drugged, kidnapped, and sold into slavery in 1841.

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Dec 15, 2014
  • marx_bro rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

A true story in which Dick Cheneny's family played a piviltol role. It turns-out that the Cheneys are murderous bitches. These mass-murderers that need exceptional scrutiny as they are guilty of sodomy, rape, other unspecified homosexual horrors.

Dec 05, 2014
  • NewYorkViews rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This film was well done, and the difficult subject matter to portray on film was successful due to the great acting cast and director. I did not read the book, but other nonfiction books I have read on this subject matter makes this movie authentic but a lighter version of slavery; yet, appropriate enough for a mass audience of adults. (I saw this film first in the movie theater, and I am glad that the library carries it in DVD form.) I wondered if Chiwetel would have had several martial art blackbelt degrees, if he would have become enslaved--I found this film taught the importance of self-defense such as martial arts. The disgusting nature of slavery does come out in this excellent film.

Nov 24, 2014
  • Smurfs100 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Very good. And emotional movie

Nov 20, 2014
  • Quimeras rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Having just finished reading the book, I was all too aware of the changes made for this film adaptation. I prefer Northup’s written account.

Nov 03, 2014
  • strider643 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

A powerful and moving film. Highly recommend. Realistically demonstrates the potential depravity of man.

Nov 03, 2014
  • duane767 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

It's not too often that such a beautifully shot movie is also full of painfully brutal and barbaric situations as this one is. And I assume that all of what I'm seen in this movie is true?? Mankind just knows so many ways to be cruel to itself and to people who should be considered and valued instead of dehumanized and abused.

Oct 16, 2014
  • JOSEPH DENHAM rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

The cinematography and acting were very good, but the movie was difficult to sit through because it was so focused on suffering. Some of the characters were portrayed in a way that was inconsistent with the book, they were made out to be unrealistically sadistic and evil. The movie was overly agenda-driven. Since we already know slavery was morally wrong, what's the point of beating it into our heads over and over again? None of my ancestors ever owned slaves, so am I still supposed to feel 'white guilt' because of the color of my skin? This shouldn't have won "Best Picture" or "Best Adapted Screenplay" although Lupita Nyong'o was very good and deserved her Oscar for "Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role".

Oct 13, 2014
  • BloomFree rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I rate this movie very high because to me it was highly emotionally involving and played upon a vast variety of emotions without my feeling guided or played.

It was very disconcerting to see the switch of his lifestyle from one of freedom, respect and a good life to the exact opposite.

At the end his bewildered and traumatized face said so much. This trauma could be related to a lot of human tragedy aside from slavery and racism. We are all vulnerable - we all are tested and at times fail the test of life.

Sep 30, 2014
  • beckythecat1 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

An amazing movie. The story is good but the filming and all the techniques are incredible. Glad I watched it at home because some of the film is honest and graphic. Not a good film for the under 12 years group. Parent would have to do a lot of explaining about some of the scenes. All the Oscar awards were honestly received.

the book the film is based on is a gem- written in the 19th century but straightforward and free of excess wordiness. the film,on the other hand is totally inept. one example - in the book the master makes use of Patsy when he pleases and punishes her if she doesn't co-operate. when the master is away, the wife takes out her jealousy and frustration by punishing Patsy unendingly - the movie, however , decides the wife must confront her husband and make dramatic issue out of it - completely misunderstanding the dynamics and registering as inauthentic and very 20th century.
And the husband sneaks off to Patsy under cover of darkness - not in the blatant and uncaring manner described in the book. This movie was rewarded for being right-minded, not for being an example of good film-making. A dark, ugly and narratively confusing mess.

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Dec 08, 2014
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Aug 03, 2014
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Aug 03, 2014
  • liya6 rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

Sexual Content: Sex and nudity

Aug 03, 2014
  • liya6 rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

Frightening or Intense Scenes: Whipping, thick scars, blood

Aug 03, 2014
  • liya6 rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

Violence: Very violent


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Jul 13, 2014
  • aaa5756 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness, only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.” ― Martin Luther King, Jr

Jul 13, 2014
  • aaa5756 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

“The truth is incontrovertible. Malice may attack it, ignorance may deride it, but in the end, there it is.” -Winston Churchill

May 15, 2014
  • jimg2000 rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

from IMDb: Bass: The law says you have the right to hold a xyzger, but begging the law's pardon... it lies. Is everything right because the law allows it? Suppose they'd pass a law taking away your liberty and making you a slave?

Edwin Epps: Ha!

Bass: Suppose!

Edwin Epps: That ain't a supposable case.

Bass: Because the law states that your liberties are undeniable? Because society deems it so? Laws change. Social systems crumble. Universal truths are constant. It is a fact, it is a plain fact that what is true and right is true and right for all. White and black alike.


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