12 Years a Slave


In the pre-Civil War United States, Solomon Northup, a free black man from upstate New York, is abducted and sold into slavery. Facing cruelty as well as unexpected kindnesses Solomon struggles not only to stay alive, but to retain his dignity. In the twelfth year of his unforgettable odyssey, Solomon’s chance meeting with a Canadian abolitionist will forever alter his life.

Director: Steve McQueen

Starring: Chiwetel Ejiofor,Michael Fassbender,Lupita Nyong'o,Sarah Paulson

Runtime: 134

True stories don’t come as harrowing as that of Solomon Northup’s, as is demonstrated here in Steve McQueen’s breathtaking film adaptation of Northup’s 12 year capture at the hands of an assortment of diabolical plantation owners.

As it shouldn’t be, it’s not necessarily an easy watch ­ and those with a squeamish disposition may want to look elsewhere, but it never compromises in it’s re­telling ­ it’s a harsh and brutal look at mans inhumanity to man.

Filled with breathtaking performances from Chijwetel Elljofor, Michael Fassbender and Lupita N’Yongo, this Best Picture winner was the crowing achievement of last year.

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