’12 Years A Slave’ Depicts Unspeakable Horrors

    October 18, 2013
    Jennifer Curra
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To hear about the brutality of slavery is one thing, but to witness the events through a firsthand narrative is an entirely different horror and matter altogether. Director Steve McQueen, who also co-wrote the script for the film with John Ridley, has brought the real-life devastation of slavery to light in such a personal perspective through the latest masterpiece, 12 Years A Slave.

The movie is based on a novel by the same name and focuses on the true events that happened to Solomon Northup in 1841. The movie stars a compilation of recognizable talent including: Chiwetel Ejiofor who is the movie’s main star, Paul Giamatti, Brad Pitt, Sarah Paulson, Paul Dano, Benedict Cumberbatch, Michael Fassbender, and Afre Woodard. The performances are so moving, so gripping, and so heart-breaking that there are already rumblings of potential Oscar nominations.

Moviegoers have been notably touched by the strong, intimate portrayal of a free man, Solomon Northup, who personally fights to maintain his spirit through the violent tortures unwittingly imposed on him after he is kidnapped from his home streets of Washington and sold into slavery. While Steve McQueen shows the full breadth of actual beatings and physical pain inflicted during that period of history, his movie is most heart-wrenching for showing that the people suffered without hope.

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  • Jeff

    Nothing like a good anti white film to bring out the hate in people so the real issues that this nation is facing is again painted over and the people redirected to focusing their time and energy on an emotional button pushing issue that is brought up to keep the people from communicating with one another and instead they are divided and polarized. Slavery existed long before there was an America, most white europeans were themselves slaves to the Romans and after that they were owned by Kings,Princes,Counts,Barons,Knights etc. Human history unfortunately is full of instances of slavery, 2/3 of the people in the Roman Empire were slaves. Why is it that when the government is failing and the liberals have no actual answers to the many questions being asked does a movie like this magically appear to take the attention away and focus hate and anger at a certain portion of the population? I’m not standing up for slavery, in fact I don’t believe anyone should ever have the power to own another, not in this day and age yet slavery still exists especially in West Africa. Why aren’t people making movies about what is going on now and why aren’t we doing something to help these people who live as a slave now instead of dredging up the worst of the past? Does this movie mention the fact the first slave owner in the USA was black? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anthony_Johnson_(colonist)
    Funny how some history gets pushed into the background and almost forgotten yet some is constantly pushed down everyones throat. I think before more movies like this are made we all should sit down and come up with a solution to the problem of modern slavery and how to finally end the practice of selling young boys and girls as sex slaves just to name one form of modern slavery, how to help Africa feed itself and show the people how to extract the natural resources the continent has without destroying the environment and how to manufacture and produce the goods and services the african people need without just throwing some money at the problem and a quick food handout. If you listen the people of Africa, the common people, want a hand up not a hand out, they want to be able to take care of themselves and to be part of the global economy without countries like China, Russia, USA etc going there to procure the mineral and oil rights and keeping the people down so its cheaper and easier to get the resources without paying their fair share. I think if the average white and black were to get together and discuss their wants and needs people would find alot of commonalities and instead of using the past to create hate and anger and by doing so driving a wedge between the people the past should be viewed so that the bad parts are not forgotten nor repeated but also see the past for what it was and not the rewritten version being thrown to us by the very same people who profit from all the negative emotions being created by these carefully crafted communist propaganda films designed to create mistrust and non communication between the average person be they white or black. We cannot change the past but we can use it to create a better future for all and not just a chosen few.