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12 Years a Slave (2013)

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12 Years a Slave (2013)

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"I don't want to survive. I want to live."

I pray to God that we don't need movies like this, but we do. This movie succeeds in reaching the highest aspiration of art: reflecting harsh truth in a way that can change lives for the better. Director Steve McQueen does not shy away from the brutality of slavery; the long unbroken takes of violence are heartbreaking, yet also impossible to turn away from. We can only empathize with Solomon, Patsey, and the other victims of an institution that is so foreign and monstrous to most of us alive today (thank God).

The performances are all phenomenal. Chiwetel Ejiofor's, especially; Lupita Nyong'o, Michael Fassbender and Benedict Cumberbatch are wonderful. And I guess Brad Pitt was there to make us all feel better about ourselves? Whatever.

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I loved it. I was near tears more than a couple of times. Lupita Nyong'o deserves an oscar for her performance. She was amazing. Gave such depth and emotion to this character. The entire story was very moving and exposed many aspects to slavery that we tend to ignore. Such as the "benevolent" slave owner. Reminding us that the slave owner is still that, a slave owner. The scene with the destroyed fiddle particularly got to me. Truly a beautiful movie.

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Well made movie

This is a real story of a person in US setup in 1840s. A free man was made slave by kidnapping and he lives torturous life as a slave. The movie shows how brutal slaves were treated. The photography in the movie is exceptional. Well crafted screenplay and gripping till the end.

Watched at PVR ECX, orion mall, bangalore

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A man living in New York during the mid-1800s is kidnapped and sold into slavery in the deep south.

Release Dates:

Theatrical : 2014-01-24 : United States of America

Theatrical : 2013-10-18 : United States of America