12 Years a Slave (2013)

“12 Years a Slave” (2013) is a British American Drama Historical film, also based on the true story written in 1853 titled “Twelve Years a Slave” by Solomon Northup. Solomon was a free African American in New York who is kidnapped when on a trip to DC, and sold into the slave trade. The movie is directed by Steve McQueen and stars Chiwetel Ejiofor, Lupita Nyong’o, Brad Pitt, Michael Fassbender, Paul Giamatti, Benedict Cumberbatch, Paul Dano, and Sarah Paulson. The music was very good and done by Hans Zimmer, who also is known for doing the music for “The Dark Knight”(2008), “Inception”(2010),and “The Lion King”(1994).

So like before Solomon Northup(Ejiofor) is a free African American with two kids and a wife residing in Saratoga New York, where he is a very good musician. Two gentlemen invite Solomon to DC for a music gig that would pay very good money for only two weeks work. He takes the offer and gets basically drugged at the pub and wakes up in chains and realizes what has happened….he is now a slave, owned by another man for the next 12 years, this movie tells of his journeys.

This film was very powerful and brings out a lot of different emotions for the audience, personally I have a whole new outlook on American history as it sees to pride itself off of the past of our founding fathers, who in fact had slaves. Seeing the way the African American men and women and even children were treated were just outrageous and heart wrenching. Sometimes finding myself cringing and squinting my eyes shut to the harsh violent whippings that do not hold back on graphic violence and showing it in detail, with blood and skin flying off backs of slaves like it was butter. It made me sick to think this is how people, humans at that, were being treated. This film was a hug eye opener and I think every should see this. I saw it on AppleTV but it can also be found at a Redbox near you and ONDemand from right in your living room. Thanks and have a good one !! — J.T.