Saturday, January 18, 2014

12 Years a Slave (2013)

Director: Steve McQueen
Writers:  John Ridley, Solomon Northup
Cast:       Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Fassbender, Lupita Nyong'o, Brad Pitt

Solomon Northup, a free black man from New-York is kidnapped and sold into slavery and ends up in antebellum United States. Like the title suggest the audience more or less know what happens and it is based on Solomon Northup's first hand account with the same name.

The first half of the film goes along the expected lines and there is not much to it other than Solomon's bewilderment with his situation. Excellent cameos form Paul Giamatti and Michael K.Williams are there in the first half with Paul Dano playing his usual cliched self. The second half of the film gets more interesting with the introduction of Michael Fassbender's slave owner character who is infatuated with Patsey played by Lupita Nyong'o. It is really a British film that tells the story that Americans and Hollywood don't dare to tackle.

It can be also called third in Steve McQueen's 'Bodily Fluid Trilogy' with Hunger and Shame preceding it. It is a difficult watch but really well made and should win many awards.

Rating: 4/5