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heart breaking but based on true events.. its wonderful Solomon story was shared..
Brutal but fact-based story of a free man, kidnapped and sold into slavery, who uses his wits to survive a very bad situation. Excellent portrayal, too, of the miseries of the white plantation class, including a well-meaning but condescending owner, and a mutually going mad couple. This is not suitable for children.
Had this movie not been made during the Obama Era, it would have been merely an "eh" at the box office. Did not deserve all of the accolades.
Devastated. It's a good thing I didn't see this at the movie house, I would have had to walk out from sobbing beyond any movie I've ever seen. If this doesn't move you to compassion for your fellow human beings, goddamn it, then nothing will. This movie only certified me to always Do the Right Thing. There's no air in watching. I had a dismal face the length of the movie. I only waited for the next shoe to drop. It's horrendous. But perhaps you too, if you come out the other side, perhaps it will change your mind to equate yourself an equal to all fellow humans.
The United States has Blood on its Hands. From the Native Americans to African Americans. Dear God, when will we get right?
I have tried t watch this movie twice. It is too heartbreaking for me. Human beings should not be treated the way slaves were treated. There should be NO slaves, ever!
The movie is well-acted, and conveys the brutality of plantation life, while showing the human qualities of the people Solomon Northrup knew. If you are alive today, this movie will best convey the conditions and attitudes of Antebellum America, for modern audiences.
Highly recommended. Devastating and eloquent. I saw this twice in the theater.
The subject matter is an important, yet shameful part of American history, so I wanted to like this movie. But I found it long and dull. I ended up fast forwarding through the last quarter of the movie.
This is an incredibly difficult movie to watch. We cannot discuss American history or worry about 'Making America Great Again' if slavery is part of American history. This movie proves that America was never great for many in this country.
So, I liked the movie. It was moving, it was a well produced, but that's all I got from it: a movie about slavery, not much "deeper meaning". To me, the movie seemed sugarcoated to the reality of slavery.
I won't say it's a must see, but it was good nonetheless.
This is a historical docudrama directed by Steve McQueen (not to be confused with the famous actor who died in 1980), based on the 1853 slave narrative memoir "Twelve Years a Slave" by Solomon Northup---a New York State-born free African-American man who was kidnapped in Washington, D.C. in 1841 and sold into slavery.
It is one of the most powerful, heart-breaking and emotional anti-racism, anti-slavery and human rights movies.
Overhyped beyond compare, 12 YEARS A SLAVE didn't deserve, in my opinion, the Best Picture Oscar. I don't mean to detract from Solomon Northup's story, as it deserves to be told (and Patsy's story, too), but it's not the most haunting and meaningful depiction I've ever seen; ROOTS was. ROOTS is over three decades old, yet it encapsulated more about the unjust experiences of real flesh-and-blood slaves than anything I've ever seen. The strength of the human spirit to not just survive but thrive has never been portrayed more vividly to me than ROOTS did. I'm sorry to say it, but I don't think Steve McQueen's film will stand the test of time. It didn't add anything to the conversation. Personally, I don't recommend it; for an indictment and greater understanding of slavery, I highly recommend ROOTS instead.
HEARTBREAKING!! As a member of former slaves, this is all too true. It's not just "a bad thing that happened in our history" it is something that still torments families and generations of black people in our country. Please know that this is important history in learning love, loss, but most of all about community and how we are the ones that shape our future for better or for worse we must take good care of one another.
Agree. Good movie and horrible to watch because it is a sad story indeed. Wish not happen to anybody.
good movie horriable to watch people being torchure in that whay i wish i could go back in time and beat the SHIT out those slave owners!!
I could not watch it through. Too hard to stomach. Such a sad story and horrible thing that was done that affected so many in such an unspeakable way.
I really wanted to give this movie 5 stars. I only gave it 4 because of this:
1. The acting and story are well-done, but there were additions to the story that were not necessary.
2. The book was AMAZING! Especially the audio version read by Lou Gossett Jr. The author of this story is a gifted storyteller and you get such a strong sense of his situation through his descriptions and tone. It would be very difficult for a movie to give this book full justice.
Read the book! Then watch the movie and judge for yourself.
For those who said in previous reviews that it is a bit unbelievable - watch the extra features. There is a feature that discusses the merits of this as a true account by scholars who have studied this book for years.
Oh-me! Oh-my! What a wonderful day for a whipping!.... And, how about another whipping?.... And another?.... And another?.... And another?
Yep. Whip. Whip. Whip. Whip. Whip.
So, my fellow movie-buffs, if you're someone who just can't seem to get your fill of watching savage whippings (especially those that are racially motivated), then "12 Years A Slave" is bound to be a movie made to suit your tastes.
But, of course, whippings aren't the only thing that director Steve McQueen has in store to entertain his audiences. No. There's also beatings & humiliation & hatred & betrayal & cruelty & rape. And it's all here to give the insatiable viewer a full, well-rounded perspective of a typical, run-of-the-mill day for an average, black, American slave in the 1840s.
You know, frankly speaking - I'm kinda wondering what exactly it was that compelled director McQueen to want to tell us all this "Schindler's List" type story in the first place. Like, didn't he already rub enough excrement into our faces with the shame of "Shame"?
I was completely absorbed and appalled throughout this movie. It captures realistically (I assume) the horror of slavery in American Deep South in the 19th century. If you are looking for a portrayal that doesn't shy away from gruesome, brutal themes and graphic portrayals of slave life while simultaneously tearing your heart out - watch this! Highly recommended.
"12 Years as a Slave" is not an easy movie to watch. It's down right difficult. But, I'm glad I saw it, because it surely deserves honors as one of the year's best. Slavery is horrific under any circumstances, but it seemed even more shameful when Solomon Northup, a talented articulate freeman from Saratoga, N.Y. is kidnapped and sold into servitude. This film is good, so if you're brave enough for the horrors visited upon a musician who falls for a ruse and ends up a slave, go see this movie. By the way, the wrong person in this movie won the Oscar; it should have been Chiwetel Ejiofor.
What a SAD and horrific story - and to find out it is true makes it even more appalling. Great movie - very strong characters.