12 Years a Slave 2013


Action / Biography / Drama / History

IMDb Rating 8.1


Based on an incredible true story of one man's fight for survival and freedom. 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 personified by a malevolent slave owner, 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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Reviewed by john_siv 6 / 10

Decent biopic, but definitely not a classic

This was a good biopic and apparently faithful to the source material, which is to its credit.

However one can't read the over-abundance of gushing praise this has received from the professionals without getting just a whiff of politics and insincerity.

This is a good movie, but not a great one. Not one I'll remember much from in 5 years from now, for that matter. Good performances and some intense scenes, but just not enough there to call it a classic or anything.

Not enough work was done on Solomon's character prior to his enslavement. Just an additional 3-4 minutes or so of showing his personality whilst living his normal family life would have gone a long way towards building more sympathy throughout the picture. As it happens his character was bland and underdeveloped. Whatever 'groundbreaking' or 'daring' type of story you're trying to tell, the basics of storytelling still apply; in this instance, that's routine character-building.

The constant excess of the evil-doing of the slave-owners was too much. Of course some will say that's the point of the movie, but the point was more than well made. At times this veered into the realms of torture porn and that's not what I go to the movies for.

There were too many lingering shots of Solomon and/or the surrounding scenery during this movie. One or two would have been acceptable, but it literally felt like 2-3 minutes could have been trimmed off the film by dispensing with some of this overly-indulgent cinematography. Did I really need to see the poor fellow hanging from a tree for as long as I did? The point was already well made.

Whenever I watch a film, I like to ponder why it was made. This film clearly wasn't made to tell an interesting story, as it really wasn't that intriguing a plot. Man gets sold into slavery and gets out 12 years later after sending a letter. I can only deduce that the film was made to faithfully present a biopic, to drive home the horrors of slavery and, far worse, to attempt to make white folk feel a sense of shame for their history.

I can always appreciate a good biopic but do we really, in the 21st century, need a reminder of the injustices of slavery? That is a portion of history that everyone is well aware of, regrets and never wants to see a return of. If the filmmakers wanted white folk to feel ashamed of their history, as I strongly suspect they did, then that is an appalling and insulting reason to make a movie. And it's a form of exploitation that absolutely should not be rewarded with a Best Picture Oscar.

I feel shame when I think of the gross injustice of slavery and the millions of lives it's ruined, but I don't want or need a film to reinforce that for two long, gory hours. I don't want or need a movie to tell me how to think or feel; such is the social justice warrior world of the 21st century that we live in that filmmakers now seem to see that as one of their basic rights.

Reviewed by TheLittleSongbird 8 / 10

Not quite extraordinary, still tremendously powerful

With many fine actors, a remarkable subject matter and the number of accolades it received, '12 Years a Slave' was watched by me with high expectations.

For me, '12 Years a Slave' is not quite as good as the hype and isn't one of my favourite Best Picture winners. It could have been truly extraordinary, but it wasn't quite despite having individual elements that were that adjective. Can see though why it has been so well received, while also seeing where those who didn't like it are coming from in their reservations (though not sharing the vitriolic way they've been expressed by some). It may not be perfect, but from personal opinion, and quite a big number of others, it was tremendously powerful and very brave,

'12 Years A Slave' may have some one-sided and conveniently black and white characterisation. It may not say anything new about the subject.

Some of the cast, like Paul Giamatti and Benedict Cumberbatch (though they are excellent still), are underused. And Brad Pitt and his dialogue did feel out of place and the dialogue additionally coming over as heavy-handed.

On the other hand, to tell the story from the viewpoint of the enslaved was a brave decision in an industry where few films have done it, and it comes over very well on the whole. The treatment of the slaves is not for the faint-hearted, they are shockingly harrowing and not comfortable to watch but they don't feel that gratuitous. There are some emotionally devastating moments, such as the ending and the long shot of Northup singing.

Steve McQueen was the right director for the film, a film that needed to be told in a brutal and honest way and being a director with that directing style McQueen brings that out perfectly in a bravura directing job. '12 Years a Slave' is very impressive visually and technically, and Hans Zimmer's score is suitably stirring.

John Ridley's script adapts Northup's memoir with tautness, honesty and sincerity, not subtly mind you but it's not a subtle subject. It only falters with Pitt's dialogue.

The acting is superb, with Chiwetel Ejiofor's powerfully restrained and sincere performance wholly deserving of its acclaim. Lupita N'Yong'o, very moving, and Michael Fassbender, at his most frightening, are more than up to his level, as are Sarah Paulson and Paul Dano.

Overall, extraordinary it isn't but an emotionally impactful film it certainly is. 8/10 Bethany Cox

Reviewed by agungwibisono0724 8 / 10

once in your life

This is kind of type of a great film but you just had enough watch in the first time.

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