12 Years a Slave2013
12 Years a Slave (2013)
Critic Consensus: It's far from comfortable viewing, but 12 Years a Slave's unflinchingly brutal look at American slavery is also brilliant -- and quite possibly essential -- cinema.
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as Solomon Northup
as Mrs. Epps
as Mistress Shaw
as Uncle Abram
as Judge Turner
as Anne Northup
as Margaret Northup
as Mr. Moon
as Mulatto Woman
as Jonus Ray
as Mistress Ford
as Victim 1
as Victim 2
as Master Shaw
as Slave Spiritual Singer 1
as Slave Spiritual Singer 2
as Margaret's Husband
as Alonzo Northup
Critic Reviews for 12 Years a Slave
Director McQueen, drawing on the visual aesthetic of his previous works Shame and Hunger, never shies away from frames that capture the ways that beauty exists in the most painful situations.
12 Years a Slave is, like The Trial, a trapdoor over the abyss. Although less abrupt than Kafka's novel, the movie wastes little time before plunging its viewer into a nightmare of dehumanization.
Ambitious, honest and horrifying all at once, 12 Years a Slave may not be the easiest film to watch more than once, but it will stay with you forever once you see it.
Add the visionary direction by Steve McQueen, the British Turner Prize-winning artist turned film-maker (Hunger, Shame) and you have an out-and-out stunner.
A significant, necessary piece of work, one that stays with you long after you rise out of your theater seat.
Audience Reviews for 12 Years a Slave
It is not very clear what McQueen wants with this unflinching but detached story of survival, as he throws together scenes of brutal realism with theatrical dialogue, cartoonish villains and a plot that seems more interested in the torture than offering any new insight into the subject.
One of the best films of 2013. Nominated for an impressive nine Oscars including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor, and Best Adapted Screenplay. Winner of four Golden Globes including Best Picture and Best Actor and was victorious in capturing three Oscars including Best Supported Actress, Best Adapted Screenplay and winning the Best Picture Oscar of 2013.
So far, the best of the Academy Award contenders I've seen. Next would be The Wolf of Wall Street. 12 Years a Slave is a must-see.
12 Years a Slave Quotes
|Bass:||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.|
|Solomon Northup:||I am Solomon Northup. I am a free man; a resident of Saratoga, New York. The residence also of my wife and children who are equally free. I have papers. You have no right whatsoever to detain me...|
|Tibeats:||You will not live to see another day!|
|Solomon Northup:||I will not fall into despair! I will keep myself hardy until freedom is opportune!|