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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, personified by a malevolent slave owner, 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 (Brad Pitt) will forever alter his life.
Drama - This is a very gritty historical drama. While this is important
subject matter for young people to learn about and told in an
appropriately unflinching manner, the harsh violent and sexual content
makes this not one for kids. Parents of younger teens should use
discretion accordingly. This is a major star showcase for Chiwetel
Ejiofor, with other known stars such as Michael Fassbender, Benedict
Cumberbatch, and especially Paul Giamatti and Brad Pitt having much
Roger EbertFull Review Very Good '12 Years a Slave' is a somber, meditative, almost poetic film that delivers the horrors of bondage stripped down and head-on.
Washington PostFull Review Excellent A masterpiece of form, content, emotion and performance.
NY PostFull Review Excellent '12 Years a Slave,' a brutally powerful and emotionally devastating film that takes great pains to rip any lingering vestiges of romanticism from America's most shameful institution.
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OPINION OVERVIEW The following is the original "What's Worth
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Based on a theater exit polling of 67 moviegoers:
GREAT REVIEWS! All ages, both males and females, enjoyed "12 Years a Slave," very much with most loving it. Only a relatively small number of adult males, and even fewer adult females, rated it as low as "Good/Average." Even the professional movie critics rated it very high. If this looks like a movie you would enjoy, by all means, GO SEE "12 YEARS A SLAVE."