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12 Years a Slave


Slave to reality
ISHAN RAYCHAUDHURI | Issue Dated: February 16, 2014, New Delhi
Tags : Chiwetel Ejiofor | Dwight Henry | Dickie Gravois | Bryan Batt | Ashley Dyke | Kelsey Scott | Quvenzhané Wallis | Cameron Zeigler | Tony Bentley | Scoot McNairy | Taran Killam | Christopher Berry |

12 Years a Slave delivers on every scene. It reminds us of America’s original scene and the penetrating truths behind it. You cannot just watch this movie. You bleed with it, you change with it.

Chiwetel Ejiofor in the leading role of Northup is amazing. He is kidnapped right in the beginning and sold into slavery. Very few actors can play a role like that with the right amount of emotions, without overdoing it and with a certain grim stoicness.

The story takes you right into the sheer brutality of it. Imagining being free one day and the next day in chains, forced to do the bidding of your master and tortured and insulted at his whim and fancy. Even after Northup is finally freed, he receives no justice. Indeed his death and burial remain a mystery as well. After all most owners at that time thought slavery to be sanctified by God and the Bible.

This is of course not a film for everyone. Some would inevitably find it boring for it does not contain too much of the good things in life. It is a testament to the human spirit and a gruesome reminder of our dark past, one which we should be extremely careful to keep in our past.

Go watch it.. after all, films like these come once every few years.

Director: Steve McQueen

Cast: Chiwetel Ejiofor, Dwight Henry, Dickie Gravois, Bryan Batt, Ashley Dyke, Kelsey Scott, Quvenzhané Wallis, Cameron Zeigler, Tony Bentley, Scoot McNairy, Taran Killam, Christopher Berry


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