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12 Years a Slave (2013) Movie Information

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Overall Rank:

116

Avg. Rating:

3.38/4

# of Ratings:

70

Genres:

Drama, Historical

Rating:

R

Language:

English

Theater Date:

10/18/2013

DVD Release:

03/04/2014

Director:

Steve McQueen

Actors:

Michael Fassbender
Brad Pitt
Benedict Cumberbatch
Paul Dano
Chiwetel Ejiofor
Paul Giamatti

 

 

 

 

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Follows the true story of Solomon Northup, an upstate free black man who, years before the civil war broke out, was abducted and sold into slavery. Facing both extreme cruelty and incredible kind deeds, he struggles to maintain his dignity while fighting to survive. In the twelfth year of his ordeal a chance meeting with a Canadian abolitionist will change his life forever. -- Chris Kavan

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Nolane 03/06/2014 (1 of 1 found this helpful)

Rating of
3.5/4 

A brutal, unflinching look at slavery that actually sticks very close to actual history, rather than adding unnecessary melodrama or purposeful historical distortions for political purposes. All technical credits are first rate, and the movie is anchored by brilliant acting across the board. A must see.

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smeagol 02/26/2014 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

Rating of
2.5/4 

over rated and pretty boring. its a ok decent/good movie but in no way is it great. The problem with these types of movies is they gain awards due to the subject matter but not so much the movie itself. The acting is good but its very long and a lot is needless. and overlong shots. and not really showing anything. also the character is not very likeable. i just kept thinking what about the other slaves. why does this guy think he is so special. . then it ends . for such a big subject i expected more content its not in the league of the other movies its beating in the awards. its good at best no more. There is much better movies than this one.

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Snoogans 11/20/2013 (1 of 1 found this helpful)

Rating of
4/4 

'12 Years A Slave' is the most honest, unfiltered presentation of African slavery in the United States. It's devastating to know that these extremely harsh depictions of degradation actually happened, that humans could treat other humans like property in such a cruel manner. The effect is emotionally crushing. But, the film is ultimately moving because of the lead character's enormous struggle. He is a true testament to the strength of the human spirit. A real survivor. '12 Years', without a doubt, is one of the best written, directed, and acted films of the year. It is important that everyone see this. A tremendous and powerful addition to cinema.

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Matthew 11/12/2013 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

Rating of
3.5/4 

Years of brutal slavery and now it's all over.

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01/01/2014 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

Review: 12 Years a Slave

Director Steve McQueen's lofty ambitions truly shine through in this powerhouse film that tells the story of Solomon Northrup, a free black man who was abducted and sold into slavery. 12 Years a Slave takes you through Solomon's tragic and horrific journey, as you witness the cruelty and extreme inhumanity of slave owners. As a film his story is absorbing and resonating, taking you through the unfortunate circumstances and anticipations he faces. The entire cast is remarkable but the true star is obviously Chiwetel Ejiofor as Solomon. He provides us with a compelling central character and immediately grabs us to stay by his side and root for him through his struggles. It's the sequences in which his character faces the highest of struggles where his performance becomes effective and emoti...

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3.5/4 

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