Written January 20, 2014
Overall: disturbing and difficult to watch.
The acting was superb, the set was outstanding and the length about right. Everyone should see this, regardless of your political beliefs and social background. The story line is a part of our history and gives perspective to how far we've come. It would be instructive to know the percentage of situations like this movie portrays and the opposite reality.
This movie should be for adults and older teens only.
Written November 06, 2013
12 Years a Slave was very well done. Can't imagine man being so inhumane to man. Good acting. It is NOT a movie to bring young children to.
Written January 26, 2014
This movie is very intense and I was very moved. Understanding that the movie was made from a book from the 1850s and knowing about the book's context helps. The performances of the actors are fantastic. The only downside I could see was that the characters were written a little one-dimensional - the southerners were bad and the northerners were good. But I understand that the purpose of the original book was to encourage the abolition of slavery, which is a good thing. I knew that slaves were mistreated, but to be shown graphically how bad it could be, is a good thing also. This movie is not for kids or the faint hearted.
Written December 26, 2014
At times it was difficult to watch. A lot of stirring, powerful scenes. Lots of human suffering. Left the theatre more grateful for my freedoms than when I had arrived.
Written March 01, 2014
This is a powerful story of a free man who is captured and sold into slavery. He is moved from owner to owner, some more just than others. Beautifully filmed. I saw it last night and have thought about it several times already today.