For a movie clocking over two hours long, it didn’t feel like it went on for 12 years to me as an audience member. The movie was quite captivating at times and extremely hard to watch. Steve McQueens direction was superb and Chiwetel Ejiofor was fantastic in the lead role. I would say that this may be one of the best films out there that deals with the subject of Slavery. The problem is, I watch movies for entertainment and not a message… and by now most people know that slavery is horrendous and it shouldn’t be done… message received. So, if you need reminding on how bad it all went and how bad the perpetrators were… this is a gem of a film. If you want solid non-cringeworthy entertainment, try something else.
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12 Years a Slave (2013)