Written November 12, 2013
Solomon Northup's book (same title) was MUCH better than the movie). McQueen took a couple of liberties that were not honest and somewhat unbelievable. (Former overseer actually picking cotton with the slaves AND a black mistress of slave owner's plantation living the part of a queen).
But, the general presentation of slavery and it's unbelievable cruelty were accurately - abhorrently so - displayed. The lead actor was excellent but supporting roles, such as Master Tibbets and the first slave pen owner were very poorly acted in my opinion.
Worth seeing as slavery is our history but not a well directed movie for me. Maybe 2 stars.
Written January 25, 2014
The movie is the same thing for two long, tedious hours. The message is that all slave-owners are bad, that all slaves except this one are numbed to the point of soullessness, and that a deus-ex-machina ending can be counted on to save the just.
Don't waste your time and money.
Written November 01, 2013
This is Steve McQueen's third film and his best. It depicts the unbelievable true story of Solomon Northup who is a free black man living in New York pre-Civil War. He is tricked and sold into slavery and is at the mercy of his masters for twelve long, horrible, torturous years. Chiwetel Ejiofor is a force of nature as Solomon playing the role of a free man forced to live this hell and looking for an opportunity to escape.
The rest of the cast Michael Fassbender, Sarah Paulson, Paul Giamatti, Benedict Cumberbatch, and Paul Dano are a superb, but it is newcomer Lupita Nyong'o who is most compelling. She plays Patsey, the beautiful slave girl who receives the unwanted attention of Master Edwin Epps (Fassbender) as well as the wrath of Mistress Epps (Paulson). But this story is about Solomon and Ejiofor maintains the dignity and hope of this man kfrom beginning to end. And for that I will be rooting for him and the film come awards season.
Written October 31, 2013
I know I will see the movie and I am HIGHLY disappointed I cannot see it here in Jacksonville, Florida.....that says a LOT! I will see it though.
Written November 04, 2013
This film was unbelievable..... It is always hard to watch the depiction of what so many endured because of the color of their skin. I had no idea that freed African Americans were kidnapped and forced back into slavery... Very interested in reading this book . Great job to all those involved in bringing this to the big screen. Next time please do not have a limited premiere opeining!!!!!!!!!!!!