Synopsis[ edit ] In his home town of Saratoga, New YorkSolomon Northup, a free negro who was a skilled carpenter and violinistwas approached by two circus promoters. They offered him a brief, high-paying job as a musician with their traveling circus. Without informing his wife, who was away at work in a nearby town, he traveled with the strangers to downstate New York and Washington, D. Soon after arriving in the capital, he awoke to find himself drugged, bound, and in the cell of a slave pen.
Many analysts compared the film's content to other drama films of a similar vein such as Schindler's List and The Passion of the Christwhich became box office successes despite their respective subject matters.
I beg all of you to take your kids, everybody to see it. You have to see this so you can understand, so you can just start to understand. Twelve years slave features include; a historical portrait from Director Steve McQueen's documentary feature, cast and crew interviews, The Team special feature, and The Score selection.
The film release was expanded to over 1, locations on November 8, It is currently one of the site's highest-rated films, as well as the best-reviewed film of Except that McQueen is not a schlockmeister sensationalist but a remorseless artist". Corliss draws parallels with Nazi Germanysaying, "McQueen shows that racism, aside from its barbarous inhumanity, is insanely inefficient.
It can be argued that Nazi Germany lost the war both because it diverted so much manpower to the killing of Jews and because it did not exploit the brilliance of Jewish scientists in building smarter weapons.
So the slave owners dilute the energy of their slaves by whipping them for sadistic sport and, as Epps does, waking them at night to dance for his wife's cruel pleasure.
He also admired the film's "gorgeous" cinematography and the musical score, as "one of Hans Zimmer 's more moving scores in some time".
He also commented very positively about Ejiofor's performance, while further stating, "12 Years a Slave lets us stare at the primal sin of America with open eyes, and at moments it is hard to watch, yet it's a movie of such humanity and grace that at every moment, you feel you're seeing something essential.
It is Chiwetel Ejiofor's extraordinary performance that holds the movie together, and that allows us to watch it without blinking.
He plays Solomon with a powerful inner strength, yet he never soft-pedals the silent nightmare that is Solomon's daily existence. What we have here is a blistering, brilliant, straight-up classic. Stephanie Zacharek of The Village Voice was more critical of the film.
While praising Ejiofor's work, she stated: Even when it depicts inhuman cruelty, as it often does, it never compromises its aesthetic purity. Maybe we need a story framed on that individual scale in order to understand it. But it has a distorting effect all the same.
We're more invested in one hero than in millions of victims; if we're forced to imagine ourselves enslaved, we want to imagine ourselves as Northup, a special person who miraculously escaped the system that attempted to crush him.
But don't expect 60 Years a Slave any time soon. And Years, Millions of Slaves? Club opined that McQueen is "essentially tone-deaf when it comes to performance, and skirts by on casting". The film "lacks a necessary emotional continuity.
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Use the HTML below/10(K). TWELVE YEARS A SLAVE is based on an incredible true story of one man's fight for survival and freedom. In the pre-Civil War United States, Solomon Northup (Chiwetel Ejiofor), a free black man from upstate New York, is abducted and sold into slavery.
Twelve Years a Slave, sub-title: Narrative of Solomon Northup, citizen of New-York, kidnapped in Washington city in , and rescued in , from a cotton plantation near the Red River in Louisiana, is a memoir by Solomon /5.
Twelve Years a Slave: E-Book | Audiobook | Paperback. Twelve Years a Slave is an memoir and slave narrative by American Solomon Northup as told to and edited by David Wilson.
Northup, a black man who was born free in New York state, details his being tricked to go to Washington, D.C., where he was kidnapped and sold into slavery in the Deep South.
twelve years a slave. narrative of solomon northup, a citizen of new-york, kidnapped in washington city in and rescued in , from a cotton plantation near the red river in louisiana.