This is not a movie to be enjoyed but endured. But there lies its disturbing genius.
12 Years A Slave has several such disturbing scenes as McQueen and screenwriter John Ridley bring vibrantly to screen the inhumanity of slavery.
12 Years A Slave is about something we'd all like to believe we have: the human spirit.
At the end of the movie, one is left wondering whether this is the story of one man who managed to defeat the system, or is the story of all those nameless people crushed by it? If it is one man’s story, then we can have hope, but not if it is about the faceless numbers.
A 19th century slave narrative translated to screen, Steve McQueen's Oscar frontrunner is a relentlessly grim and relevant film