This is a story of repression and violence, unjust laws and just struggles, imprisonment and freedom for a people and personified in one man's fight for equality by any means necessary. Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom tells the story of the late Nelson Mandela, the man who was for most of the entire second-half of the 20th century the face of South Africa's anti-apartheid movement. Jailed for leading a violent revolt against the governing system but spared a death sentence in the name of "temper[ing] justice with mercy," Mandela's imprisonment only served to further spread the call for freedom and desegregation for South Africa's black population. The film is captivating and gripping, heartbreaking yet moving, violent yet understandably so. It's dominated by a powerhouse performance from Idris Elba as the title character and told with a keen understanding of narrative flow, historical importance, and entertainment value all rolled into one. Elba's performance was snubbed a Best Actor Oscar nomination, and the film deserved serious consideration to be listed amongst the year's nominees for Best Picture.