Movie Review: 12 Years a Slave
The film is based on the true story of Solomon Northup, a black man who was kidnapped and sold into slavery in the pre-Civil War South. Chiwetel Ejiofor plays Northup, the previously free family man who is torn from his wife and two children and taken in chains from New York to Georgia.
It’s a horrific story of one man’s tragedy, but it’s also the tale of countless others, and the film never shies away from the brutalities that existed during this dark chapter in history.
You may have seen Ejiofor in another movie, but you’ve never seen him quite like this. His soulful portrayal of this journey into darkness will earn him an Oscar nomination, for sure, as well as others for Picture, Director, Screenplay and Supporting performances.
Coming in to the theater, you probably will have a sense of the types of things that you will see onscreen, but where the storytellers get you is in the fact that they show you what you’re expecting to see, and then even more…much more.
The story demands your attention. And it deserves it. It’s not a perfect movie, but it’ll stay with you in a way few others will.