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12 Years a Slave

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2013
2h 14m
English
Drama, History
In the pre-Civil War United States, Solomon Northup, a free black man from upstate New York, is abducted and sold into slavery. Facing cruelty as well as unexpected kindnesses Solomon struggles not only to stay alive, but to retain his dignity. In the twelfth year of his unforgettable odyssey, Solomon’s chance meeting with a Canadian abolitionist will forever alter his life.
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Chiwetel Ejiofor
Solomon Northup
Paul Dano
John Tibeats
Sarah Paulson
Mary Epps
Paul Giamatti
Theophilus Freeman
Brad Pitt
Samuel Bass
Alfre Woodard
Mistress Shaw
Taran Killam
Hamilton
Bill Camp
Radburn
Kelsey Scott
Anne Northup
Bryan Batt
Judge Turner
Quvenzhan Wallis
Margaret Northup
Dwight Henry
Uncle Abram
Cameron Zeigler
Alonzo Northup
Tony Bentley
Mr. Moon
Directed By: Steve McQueen
Written By: John Ridley (Screenplay), Solomon Northup (Novel)

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sp1ti says...
9 years ago
Unlike some people I didn't see anything mindblowing in the movie... I figured that much from the first minute. Guess who did the score? Hans Zimmer. How can you tell? When the fucking Inception tune is horning. What further could you do to alienate me right away? Adjust the colors so that some of the people onscreen have orange skin!? Well, the good thing is that it isn't riding too hard on the white guilt but still, even the "nice" slave-masters are inheretly immoral. Can't say much about the adaptation as I'm not familiar with the source material but we don't really get much from Solomon's character except for the odd nod that he is a superior slave or at least entitled given his background (as wrong as this sounds)... There was the lack of weight of the 12 years as we can't keep track of time except for the nature changing and but it's still rather episodic. The acting is one of the better parts although the movie would have benefited from a lesser known cast. Brad Pitt was totally out of place (he was the Producer w/e) and for example Danno's little song was more a bad joke than anything thanks to his general persona. Despite some good scenes I just never really got into it so the whole affair felt longer than it should have been. This is basicly my Lincoln of 2013.
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AlexanderZ says...
6 years ago
McQueen's epic is beautiful and tragic anchored by sensational performances.
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SeanMSU says...
8 years ago
Above average, extremely disappointing considering all of the hype surrounding this movie. There are moments where the directing and acting are spot on and then there are moments where it gets almost comically ridiculous. It doesn't introduce anything new and I felt like none of the characters were flushed out fully. It was very half-assed for a movie that's well over two hours long
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mmajor says...
8 years ago
A touching story.
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kineticandroid
4 years ago
Sometimes, I just have to stop my brain in the middle of a film and just admire its exceptional craftsmanship. I found myself doing that time and time again during this film. Perhaps I was more open to admiring the shot compositions and acting choices because, as I cynically told myself before the f More
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Andres Gomez
4 years ago
This movie is very, very well done. Well, edited and with the proper long shots at the proper moments bringing you to the life of Solomon without remedy.

All the cast performs exceptionally well and Ejiofor is to be remembered for this film.

A must to be seen.
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post_orgasmic_mood
4 years ago
Not in a long time have I seen a movie that brings out real emotions from my cold hearted soul. This movie brought them out in floods of tears.

the acting was superb, especially from the lead Chiwetel Ejiofor, he acted from his little toe right up to his eyes.

The style was also filmed beautif More
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Shreyance Parakh
4 years ago
**Dreaded at the thought that human kind ACTUALLY had this kind of livelihood at some point of time..**

Could not gather my thoughts to write this review at the end of the movie.Feeling really bogged down by some heaviness on my chest. Thinking about the times in history when we actually used to More
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