12 Years A Slave

12 Years A Slave

DVD - 2014
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Based on the true story of Solomon Northup. It is 1841, and Northup, an accomplished, free citizen of New York, is kidnapped and sold into slavery. Stripped of his identity and deprived of all dignity, Northup is ultimately purchased by ruthless plantation owner Edwin Epps and must find the strength within to survive. Filled with powerful performances by an astonishing cast including Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Fassbender, Benedict Cumberbatch, Brad Pitt, and newcomer Lupita Nyong'o, 12 Years a Slave is both an unflinching account of slavery in American history and a celebration of the indomitable power of hope.

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stevania_k
Apr 07, 2021

Good movie but brutal. Couldn’t think of how human could be so inhuman.

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SF_READER
Mar 30, 2021

86th Academy Awards (2014)
Winners:
Best Picture
Best Supporting Actress: Lupita Nyong’o
Best Adapted Screenplay

Nominations:
Best Director
Best Actor: Chiwetel Ejiofor
Best Supporting Actor: Michael Fassbender
Best Production Design
Best Costume Design
Best Film Editing

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Mooseum
Mar 28, 2021

There is a lot of violence in the movies of Steve McQueen that I've watched. This is not to minimalize the violence against Black people during the time of slavery, or any other time. This movie demonstrates the huge amount of hatred some people have and how they are able to act upon it with a feeling of privilege. Systemic racism has deep roots and this film is an indication of how deep they grow.

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MichelleinBallard
Mar 28, 2020

"John Ridley's and Steve McQueen's 12 Years a Slave is a compelling film but it is not a courageous or honest film—not if truth matters. Ridley and McQueen shrink from portraying Solomon Northrup's experience and attitude toward slavery in all its complexity. This is, no doubt, because we moderns are not supposed to think critically about such things as slavery in cultural-historical context. Instead, we are to employ contemporary, Western standards in simple binary terms—good vs. evil—and judge those involved (and their figurative or literal descendants) as either oppressors or victims.

"To ensure we think correct thoughts people such as Ridley and McQueen are entitled to take such liberties as may be necessary to shield us from whatever actual moral and historical complexity may be found in the true story. Our cultural guardians safely assume that the very few among us who may take the trouble to dig deeper into a story will be safely marginal ...

"And don't even think about mentioning the 5.6 million slaves in present-day sub-Saharan Africa. No, the unsettling facts of slavery must not be allowed to contaminate the slaveowner=White=evil equation because 12 Years a Slave was created in support of a modern-day racial agenda and that agenda is not to be held hostage to the truthful retelling of Solomon Northrup's story or any other inconvenient facts.

"In Northrup's lifetime his memoir was hailed for, not despite, its complex honesty: 'NORTHRUP will be believed, because, instead of indiscriminate accusations, he gives you the good and evil of Slavery just as he found it. All kindnesses are remembered with gratitude. Masters and Overseers who treated slaves humanely are commended; for there, as here, were good and bad men' (Salem [NY] Press, July 26, 1853, as quoted in Fiske et al., p. 115). Today, such truth is seen as inconvenient, at best, and, perhaps, a Stockholm syndrome-type expression of internalized self-deception or, at worst, an unconscionable apology for evil."

Full review at: <https://vfpdissident.blogspot.com/2015/07/12-years-slave.html>

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matcat44
Nov 11, 2019

Too brutal, couldn’t watch it.

Watch Fassbender's and Pitt's acting capabilities in this film. Could not be better.

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MrsNikki
Feb 28, 2019

heart breaking but based on true events.. its wonderful Solomon story was shared..

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Elvisman51
Dec 29, 2018

Boring. Really boring. This is not a great film.

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kpelish
Jun 13, 2018

Brutal but fact-based story of a free man, kidnapped and sold into slavery, who uses his wits to survive a very bad situation. Excellent portrayal, too, of the miseries of the white plantation class, including a well-meaning but condescending owner, and a mutually going mad couple. This is not suitable for children.

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Nooksack20
Apr 03, 2018

Had this movie not been made during the Obama Era, it would have been merely an "eh" at the box office. Did not deserve all of the accolades.

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Dec 08, 2014

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kpelish
Jun 13, 2018

Sexual Content: A slave is raped and forced into an untenable mistress position; it is intimated a young girl will be sold into a brothel. Partial, non-violent nudity during auctions.

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kpelish
Jun 13, 2018

Violence: Brutal whipping and intense emotional cruelty toward slaves.

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liya6
Aug 03, 2014

Sexual Content: Sex and nudity

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liya6
Aug 03, 2014

Frightening or Intense Scenes: Whipping, thick scars, blood

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liya6
Aug 03, 2014

Violence: Very violent

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aaa5756 Jul 13, 2014

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness, only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.” ― Martin Luther King, Jr

aaa5756 Jul 13, 2014

“The truth is incontrovertible. Malice may attack it, ignorance may deride it, but in the end, there it is.” -Winston Churchill

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jimg2000
May 15, 2014

from IMDb: Bass: The law says you have the right to hold a xyzger, but begging the law's pardon... it lies. Is everything right because the law allows it? Suppose they'd pass a law taking away your liberty and making you a slave?

Edwin Epps: Ha!

Bass: Suppose!

Edwin Epps: That ain't a supposable case.

Bass: Because the law states that your liberties are undeniable? Because society deems it so? 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.

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