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This review is from: 12 Years a Slave [Blu-ray]  (Blu-ray)
No movie that I have ever watched has depicted slavery so unflinchingly and earnestly. The fact that this film was based on a true story also adds something to its gravitas. I felt exhausted by the end of my viewing and there has been talk of people walking out of cinemas due to the raw intensity and the unflinching way in which the subject matter is tackled. But I say endure and you will be rewarded with the extraordinary true story of an American hero and a story that is long overdue in American cinema. There was debate about whether or not this was an important movie in the that country's cinema canon but for my money, considering that there seems to have been something preventing Hollywood and equally the country it belongs to addressing honestly the darkest chapter of their history, make no mistake, this is as important as movies get.
Brave, bold, committed filmmaking of the highest order.
Steve McQueen...I salute you.
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Initial post: 17 Mar 2014 15:26:54 GMT
This film for me, wasn't a first, it's not the first time I've watched a slavery film nor will it be the last, as this side of history fascinates me for all the wrong reasons.. A history which really wasn't that long ago. The fact that people have walked out due to the graphic nature just shows the ignorance of some people.
However this was a different perspective, this man was unlawfully kidnapped and sold into slavery, meaning that the words "free man" didn't really mean much back then. The ending is bitter sweet of course and it only makes you wonder how often this particular type of slavery happened, as he was "fortunate" enough to actually tell his story...
In reply to an earlier post on 27 May 2014 11:27:05 BDT
Keith White says:
There was a previous film of this story and in fact Amazon sell it.
In reply to an earlier post on 21 Oct 2014 07:48:11 BDT
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addison de witt says:
People have been walking out of this wildly over rated film for the exact same reasons they walked out of Mel Gibson's hideously graphic torture porn epic on the life of Christ. Two and a half hours of awfulness doesn't mean that the film touches you. And this one, like the hysterical Gibson effort, just repulses you. I expected to be moved. But I wasn't. And that's what's wrong with this film. It's too manipulative to reach your heart.
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