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12 Years A Slave

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8.12 h 14 min2013X-Ray15
From acclaimed director Steve McQueen comes the incredible true story of one man's fight for survival and freedom.
Directors
Steve McQueen
Starring
Chiwetel EjioforMichael FassbenderBenedict Cumberbatch
Genres
Drama
Subtitles
English [CC]
Audio Languages
English
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Supporting actors
Paul DanoPaul GiamattiLupita Nyong'oSarah PaulsonBrad PittQuvenzhané Wallis
Producers
Steve McQueenBrad PittDede GardnerJeremy KleinerBill PohladArnon MilchanAnthony Katagas
Studio
Entertainment One
Content advisory
Alcohol usefoul languagenuditysexual contentviolence
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4.6 out of 5 stars

3545 global ratings

  1. 75% of reviews have 5 stars
  2. 14% of reviews have 4 stars
  3. 5% of reviews have 3 stars
  4. 3% of reviews have 2 stars
  5. 3% of reviews have 1 stars
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Pirin AdventuresReviewed in the United Kingdom on 21 March 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
despair
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I have watched this film several times now and still I am racked with despair when I not just see but feel the horror that these people went through. What a horrible time to be born, what shocking depths of pain these people went through and what right did those who entrapped and trussed others into slavery had, and how they felt they owned another human being.
It not just humbles me, but disgusts me to think that this was happening in the USA and it wasn't abolished until the 1860's. This film takes a sensitive subject matter, a true life story and gives us an insight into what must have happened to many people entrapped into slavery. Thought I say when slavery ended, there are still people who are in slavery, but its not acknowledged as this, but encased in certain religions. No one owns another whether they be human or animal, and this film I hope makes most of us think about of this injustice in life, its a beautifully portrayed film on a subject matter that needs to be heard and it still makes me sob with a terrade of tears.
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Amazon CustomerReviewed in the United Kingdom on 19 June 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
A Must-View Movie for Humanity
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It goes without saying that this is an incredible story and as a movie it deserves 10 stars in the storytelling, characterisation, acting and the like - an truly incredible achievement.

Yet as a real life story ... over the past few decades I've felt deeply ashamed of being human, seeing what we humans do to each other, our planet, animals and ourselves.

While real slavery is current to this day, the prevalent form of slavery is the 'new slavery' where we are slaves to our institutions, businesses and organisations that demand loyalty yet give none whatsoever and trade human flesh as they hire and fire people to maximise profit ... this is the overwhelming business practice in the UK, US, Canada and everywhere else where we find humans ... all these countries that play the moral high ground with regards to human rights all practice the new slavery day in and day out.
FlorenceReviewed in the United Kingdom on 12 October 2021
1.0 out of 5 stars
Terrible story but..
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really badly put together, it seemed to be going back and forth between the plot and was difficult to fully understand his story. And why the hell did brad pitt have to be in this film anyway, self indulgent or couldn't stay out of it? Would have of been way better without him in it. Really disappointed in how bad this film is and I cant understand all the fuss over it.
R. MasonReviewed in the United Kingdom on 26 December 2015
4.0 out of 5 stars
Truly Shocking & Heart Breaking
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A Powerful film, the love of money surley is behind most forms of evil, I find it almost unfathomable that people could quote scriptures while whipping, raping and murdering their fellow man. Truth be told William Wilberforce attended the same church as one of the most prolific slavers in the UK. It was only recently that I researched people such as Frederick Douglas, John Brown and the slave revolts across the US and the Caribbean. God is not mocked whatsoever a person sows that shall they also reap. Other offerings like Slaver by Another Name, Black Wallstreet etc give other harrowing accounts of this most evil of practices. It's very unnerving that even now people especially women and children are used as sex slave to the very day. The US criminal justice system is a new form of slavery, they only have 5% of the earth's population but 25% of the earth's prison population.
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ForrestReviewed in the United Kingdom on 12 March 2022
2.0 out of 5 stars
Poorly acted. No heroes
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We know this sad story. I agreed with previous comments. What is Brad Pitt doing here? Always a kind white man to sweet the black story. Poorly acted. Not brave rebellion. No defence of the poor woman. Where is the hero in this story?
AmandaReviewed in the United Kingdom on 27 June 2015
5.0 out of 5 stars
Brilliant film, unfortunately it shows how little humans respect ...
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Brilliant film, unfortunately it shows how little humans respect each other.
I told a friend of mine I wanted to watch this, but he was a little guarded and suggested that it would be too emotive for me. He was right, however I am pleased I did watch, although I cried, and cried (almost unknown to me over a film). Very well told and produced, it did however highlight and sadden me how little we regard others. Whilst slavery in the so called western world is thankfully little unheard of today, it does make you think of how we treat others worldwide.
Steve GReviewed in the United Kingdom on 31 January 2021
4.0 out of 5 stars
Historical story telling
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Very good film, very well acted. Truly tragic and sobering at times. Shows humanity at its worst, and is perhaps a timely reminder for our times. Not a film for young ones. But instructive for adults and teens +.
beelzebombReviewed in the United Kingdom on 04 March 2015
4.0 out of 5 stars
Everybody should watch this film
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I couldn't help but compare this film to Django Unchained, which I watched shortly before this, but the two films are poles apart. This film was in places hard to watch, the whipping of Patsy & just a brief glimpse at how the skin is no protection from a whip - and the scene where Solomon is left half hanging while life goes on around him is particularly painful, as the scene seems to go on forever as if time has stood still.
Steve McQueen should be very proud of this film as should all the actors involved. Everyone should see it.
Then, after you've got over it, go and watch Mississippi Burning - another fine film - and see how the mindset of some has remained the same for a hundred years.
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