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Still shot from the movie: 12 Years a Slave.

12 Years a Slave

In the mid 1800s, Solomon Northup (Chiwetel Ejiofor) was a free man of color living in the Northern United States. Then he was kidnapped, sold in the South and remained 12 Years a Slave. This movie is based on his true story. Get the movie review and more. »


Overall: B+
Violence: D
Sexual Content: C-
Language: C
Drugs/Alcohol: C
Run Time: 134
Theater Release: 13 Dec 2013
Video Release: 04 Mar 2014
MPAA Rating: R
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Marty Pearson says: Jan. 04, 2014

In 12 Years A Slave, the audience is whipped with relentless violence. No doubt, Mr. Ejiofor portrays Solomon Northrup brilliantly, however, the constant disturbing imagery leaves the viewer drained. There is no happy ending, and Brad Pitt’s brief appearance and admonition to observe ‘Universal Truths’ of equality does little to help the viewer make sense of the relentless violence. I suppose, the directors and producers of this film are emphasizing that too often, there is no justice met for heinous crimes. But what is the point of bludgeoning the audience? I walked out of the theater feeling as if I had been a victim of violence, rape, and cruelty. If the film’s intent was to create a vicarious experience of slavery, then the objective was achieved. For the price of a movie ticket, one sells themselves into slavery for 134 minutes when watching 12 Years. A Slave. Not reccommended.

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