Steve McQueen's 12 Years a Slave stars Chiwetel Ejifor as Solomon Northup, a free black man in 1840s America. He makes his living as a fiddle player, and his wife is a teacher. He is shanghaied by a pair of nefarious white men, and soon finds himself on a ship headed to New Orleans where he is informed he will be called Platt and is sold into slavery by an unscrupulous businessman (Paul Giamatti). As he toils away for the kindhearted but conflicted plantation owner Mr. Ford (Benedict Cumberbatch), who recognizes that Platt is both educated and an artist, he butts head with Ford's underlings, especially the casually cruel Tibeats (Paul Dano). After they have a violent altercation, Ford fears for his slave's life and sells him to Mr. Epps (Michael Fassbender), an alcoholic sadist who owns a cotton plantation.Though Epps reads from the bible to his property, as he frequently refers to his slaves, he is himself not immune to sins of the flesh. He has taken the young Patsey (Lupita Nyong'o) - his best cotton picker -- as his lover, and this doesn't sit well at all with his severe wife (Sarah Paulson), whose particular hatred for blacks and her jealousy fuels her many degrading actions toward Patsey. Solomon bides his time, attempts to preserve a modicum of self-respect, and waits for the chance to reclaim his rightful name as well as his family.~Perry Seibert
The Team - Meet the creative minds assembled by Director Steve McQueen and bring Solomon Northrup's journey to life
The Score - Follow film Composer Hans Zimmer creating his dramatic score
Im so glad this wob best picture,its deserves it.im a huge steve mcqueen fan and must say this is his best film.if you enjoyed hunger,shame then you will love this film.Its very emotional to see a free man be kidnapped and sold to slavery,taken away from his family and freedom.touching story a must buy blu ray,you will not regret it.5/5
Difficult to watch but ultimately required viewing. Particularly from Michael Fassbender, Lupita Nyong'o and Chiwetel Ejiofor the performances are stunning. An aching and unflinching look at history that unfortunately still is relevant, McQueen's nuanced approach to the subject matter demands your attention and lingers long after the credits roll.
This is a timeless movie dipicting a forgotten era that molded our nation as Americans. A true history lesson from a different vantage point. The main plot is gripping.
You are left speechless as you follow a long forgotten culture of when freedom was not free.
Generally, I found this DVD(movie) to be in short supply. Best Buy had it listed at the "best" price. Plus, it was shipped and received almost immediately without the expedited charge. Thank you Best Buy!