Aided by powerful performances and cinematography, director McQueen exposes the barbarity of dehumanisation, of treating people as property. The film is littered with shots that linger for an age while little or nothing happens and I say that if you notice that a shot is long then it's too long and doesn't work. 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. He plays Edwynn Epps, a vicious and demonic slaver and perhaps the most loathsome and disgusting character ever put on screen. Unfortunately, 12 Years was just suffering. As a convenience to our visitors, this Web Site currently contains links to a number of other websites. The big question is, can it win? However, the direction was horrendous, the screen writing decimating.
A portrait of unbearable sadness, her character is a mirror image of Solomon. Michael Fassbender is always brilliant, even in crappy movies. For instance, we may send you an e-mail newsletter or send you information about an upcoming contest or movie. Not only was the storyline good, but the acting the actors portrayed was excellent. The film also won the , while Ejiofor received the award. Northup gives an emotional farewell to Patsey and rides off to his freedom.
By turns pathetic and terrifying, he embodies the ultimate nightmare of a deeply flawed man given absolute power over other human beings, and through that absolute power finds only madness, which drives him to deeper cruelty. Lupita Nyong'o's first appearance in a feature film is stunning, as she plays a heart breaking young slave. Epps remains an enigma, which only increases his violent unpredictability. But there was dark and light in the story. It is a harsh reality that most people in society do not like to face. Northup subsequently bounces between plantations until he is sold to an evil, perfectly cast Edwin Epps Michael Fassbender who believes it is his God-given right to beat his slaves. Characters appear and disappear for no reason.
He spaces out in despair as the camera lingers onto him for solid minutes, not a word spoken. It gives the impression this movie is just to shock and provoke, instead of inciting any feelings, or thoughts. Will Bass help Platt be Solomon Northup again? Once again Hollywood waves its sanctimonious wand over history with this glossy movie about slavery in the United States. In the opening scene we are introduced to Solomon Northup as a slave. His rendering is a little less nuanced, but compelling nonetheless.
? So what complex genius might effect his release? The owners believed that they should be getting what they paid for, which were the slaves. It's a must-see, if only for educational purposes—just as 'Schindler's List' is used to teach about the Holocaust and 'Milk' about the struggle for gay rights. Archived from on October 23, 2013. John Ridley's deft, well-structured screenplay balances moments of terror with telling glances of Northup's sad resignation. Naturally, scenes were cut whether in the editing room or pre-production I don't know and that's a blessing and a curse. On November 15, 2011, announced it had secured a deal to distribute 12 Years a Slave to international markets. If you've seen McQueen's other works then you more or less know what kind of movie to expect if you haven't then please stop reading and watch Hunger and Shame.
All is well until he meets two men who seem taken by his music and want to bring him along with them so he can play at various events. At least the same cannot be said of gender, the white women are as evil as their male counterparts. So this movie is clearly just another slavery movie showing how bad slaves were mistreated, as if everyone doesn't already know. The lack of respect for the intelligence and abilities of their slaves, and the acts of cruelty have the ironic result of lessening progress, and worsening the quality of work. You cry because what you witness is truly terrible, not because the violins are out and the director's tugging on your heart strings.
He's vile and strikes fear into not only the people he interacts with but with the viewers who watch. Lupita Nyong'o was extraordinary as the young slave, Patsey, and is an actress to be watched for in future. No man has the right to enslave another, and to have lived in an era where one race habitually and acceptably treated another as less than human would have been excruciatingly abhorrent to me. Much has been written about how Steve McQueen is very brave to hold shots for a long time. Best Actor, Actress, Supporting Actress? But it has a distorting effect all the same. If any contemporary director deserves to be in the mainstream spotlight without compromising their style, it's Steve McQueen. I should have left, but in the hope of finding some redeeming features - the acting was decent - I regrettably didn't.
Fruitless subplots are dropped in favour of heartbreaking ones as we're introduced to the pitiful Patsey on the pathetic Edwin Epps' plantation. Falling between the twin pillars of the art house and prestige period flick, 12 Years A Slave is history lesson as horror film, powerful, visceral and affecting. We assume no liability for any damages you may suffer as a result of interception, alteration or misuse of information that is transmitted or collected over the Internet. Hardly noteworthy at all, and in my worst five films of all time. I've known he was capable of what he has accomplished as Solomon Northup and he hits it out of the park.
In my opinion the end seems sloppy and rushed. Special features include; a historical portrait from Director Steve McQueen's documentary feature, cast and crew interviews, The Team special feature, and The Score selection. An additional viewing option for the film in the media format of has been made available as well. Subjected to the cruelty of one malevolent owner Michael Fassbender , he also finds unexpected kindness from another, as he struggles continually to survive and maintain some of his dignity. Oscar chances, since I know many of you are wondering.