Based on a true story, in the antebellum United States, Solomon Northup (Chiwetel Ejifor), a free black man from upstate New York, is abducted and sold into slavery. The film explores how he copes with his surroundings changing and how he tries not to survive but live and get back home to his family.
With a great cast (including Benedict Cumberbatch, Paul Dano and Brad Pitt), this film really hits hard at the harsh realities of what it was like for slaves in the South of America. Ejifor stands out and really portrays the different emotions and feelings as his world is turned upside down. The hanging situation he finds himself in is very disturbing yet powerful – even if it goes on for too long. However, after seeing the film, it’s quite easy to see how Ejifor, Michael Fassbender (who plays the evil slave owner Edwin Epps) and Lupita Nyong’O (who plays slave woman Patsey – and suffers very brutally) deserve to be nominated for an Oscar.
Although there were too many scenes that would finish, cut to a sunset and some trees and then go to the next scene, the way the film was directed and flowed works very well. McQueen, the director, has done an incredible job of hitting the audience with the cruel reality, visuals and emotions people suffered at during the time.
12 Years A Slave: 8.0/10