Monday, January 13, 2014

12 Years a Slave (2013)

Director: Steve McQueen

Stars: Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael K. Williams, Michael Fassbender, Bryan Batt, Taran Killam, Sarah Paulson, Brad Pitt, Benedict Cumberbatch

In the early mid 1800's, Solomon Northup was living in upstate New York, a free man with his wife and their two children. His wife was taking the children along with her to work for a few months.  Since they were gone, he was offer to travel with a circus playing the violin by two white men.  The two men get Solomon, Chiwetel Ejiofor, drunk and drugged.  Solomon wakes up in a dark room wearing chains and shackles.  He was being transported illegally to the South to be sold into slavery, where they changed his name to Platt.  His first owner, Ford, was good to him, but it was his overseer than was cruel.  He was sold into Hell to Edwin Epps, Michael Fassbender, who was an angry alcoholic that enjoyed placing punishment.  His wife was just as cruel and crazy as he was.  Platt learn how to hide his real name and his intelligence to hopefully one day be free again.

This is a hard movie to watch, and I mean the fact of the violence that happens in the movie.  The movie is well made in all ways.  From the dialogue to the sets and the wardrobe, the movie was well made.  The emotional levels stay at a medium to high level throughout the movie.  It is just so hard to some of the scenes that this poor man had to experience in hopes to survive this ordeal.  It is heart breaking.  There are only a few descent characters in the whole movie.  It makes you want to go back in time and beat or kill these people.  It is so hard to believe that kind of abuse went on, and no one thought any different of it. 
The actors were pretty outstanding in this movie.  Michael Fassbender nailed this role.  You hate him and his wife for the way they treat their slaves.  This is property that they paid for, and  their treatment is horrible, except for one, Pasty.  Master Epps was in love with her and screwing her, which cause his wife to be extremely cruel to her.

This movie is an owner. This is a fantastic movie.  Everyone needs to give this movie a chance.  It moves pretty fast and the flow of the flow keeps you interested.  Enjoy.

12 Years a Slave Trailer

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