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12 Years a Slave

12 Years a Slave

Score:8.01 / 10
Released:October 18, 2013 - Toronto
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Director:Steve McQueen
Producer:Arnon Milchan, Bill Pohlad, Dede Gardner, Anthony Katagas, Brad Pitt, Jeremy Kleiner, Steve McQueen
Studio:Fox Searchlight Pictures
Cast:Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Fassbender, Brad Pitt, Benedict Cumberbatch, Paul Dano, Sarah Paulson, Alfre Woodard, Paul Giamatti, Lupita Nyong'o, Storm Reid
Genre:Drama
Length:133 minutes
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  • 9

    12 Years a Slave

    Saturday, December 21, 2013 9:11:22 AM | (Age Not Specified)

    The pen is mightier than the sword! All of the slave owners from America's South who used brutal violence against their fellow human beings, and made their fortunes off the backs of slaves cannot hide nor distort the truth of their wickedness because of men like Solomon Northup, who was able to write. This is a movie for all to see.

  • 6

    12 Years a Slave

    Sunday, December 15, 2013 9:31:47 AM | (Age Not Specified)

    I'm missing all the hype over this movie. Incredibly strong performances, I agree, and a good story, a story worth telling, but making the whippings and lynchings more brutal, adding more scars and prolonging the visual aspect of a man hanging from a tree sets does not amount to great movie making. It sets up for a cathartic but formulaic ending. Again, great acting, great story, but not great movie-making.

  • 5

    12 Years a Slave

    Tuesday, December 3, 2013 11:58:27 PM | (Age Not Specified)

    The idea behind this movie was 5*. But the movie itself was painfully long. 90% of the scenes were dragged out. At one point the camera is on his face while he is staring at...? For about 30 seconds. We finally get to the end where he meets his family again and its only about 5 minutes long with no excitement or meat to the story. I'm almost positive not how a family would have acted... Worth the cheap Tues admission but no more and be ready for a very long drawn out movie. :(

  • 4

    12 Years a Slave

    Monday, December 2, 2013 3:33:54 PM | (Age Not Specified)

    One of the most unpleasant movie experiences I have endured in a long, long time. The violence depicted is so gratuitous omnipresent, and aggressive that I began feeling like a slave myself. I should have left, but in the hope of finding some redeeming features - the acting was decent - I regrettably didn't.

  • 1

    12 Years a Slave

    Sunday, December 1, 2013 3:21:09 PM | (Age Not Specified)

    So much unnecessary brutality. As usual Brad Pitt saves the dat,so to speak, gets his " humanitarianism" from AJ and with equal transparency. Pitts appearance just made the movie longer. Very disappointing flick

  • 1

    12 Years a Slave

    Sunday, December 1, 2013 3:13:22 PM | (Age Not Specified)

    Not very well streamlined. Brad Pitt a bit of an injected messiah and movie too long and brutally savage

  • 5

    12 Years a Slave

    Monday, November 25, 2013 2:26:06 PM | (Age Not Specified)

    perspective of a male psychologist: 98 on RT and a rare 5 stars on tribute? HOw could it go wrong. First surprise, the theater was almost empty. The film is simple: 5 minutes of a happy family in New York; 5 minutes of a totally shattered man reunited with his family at the end. Then 2 hours of unspeakiable brutality in the middle as demon-possessed men and women abuse their slaves in every way possible. No character development, evil remains evil; the slaves try to survive in an impossible world. Brad Pitt's arrival at the end and the eventual release happen so quickly and seem so random that there is no satisfaction, no resolution. Spectacular acting without doubt, but what are you lef

  • 10

    12 Years a Slave

    Monday, November 25, 2013 2:11:40 PM | (Age Not Specified)

    "I will not give into despair!" A powerful message by Solomon Northup that allows him to deal with the evil brutality for 12 long years until he gains his rightly deserved freedom. This movie is a must see for all! The cinematography that focused on the beauty of nature in McQueen's signature still shots powerfully contrasts the inhumanity that took place on the plantations day in and day out. The acting, directing, and cinematography combined cements this movie as a work of art for generations.

  • 3

    12 Years a Slave

    Sunday, November 24, 2013 4:27:36 PM | (Age Not Specified)

    great story but was too slow movie. some scenes were unnecessarily long!

  • 12 Years a Slave

    Sunday, November 24, 2013 11:42:24 AM | (Age Not Specified)

    This movie typifies how the filmmakers are pushing the envelope more on graphic violence. it gives you yet another example how sick americans are. I had to cover my eyes on some scenes. people were leaving the cinema in disgust at the beatings. whats next in graphic violence beheadings stop this crap please.

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