If I were a betting woman, I would say that 12 Years a Slave will not be at a loss for nominations and awards come award season.
It is a brilliant piece of filmmaking that brings the crime of slavery to life in such a way that is as real and raw as if the viewer lived that life.
Based on the book of the same name written in 1853, the movie tells the story of Solomon Northup (Chiwetel Ejiofor) is a free black man living with his family in Saratoga, NY in 1841. Under the guise of a business trip, he travels with two men to Washington DC who drug him, kidnap him and sell him into slavery.
His first master, Ford (Benedict Cumberbatch) is as sympathetic as he can be. But his next master, Edwin Epps (Michael Fassbender) is a cruel man with a jealous wife (Sarah Paulson) who is obsessed and infatuated with a fellow slave, Patsey (Lupita Nyong’o).
With the arrival of Bass (Brad Pitt) Solomon sees what might be his way out of slavery.
This movie, despite being just over 2 hours, is incredible. Most American adults and children over the age of about 10 have been taught about African-American slavery. It’s one thing to learn about it in a history book, but it is another thing to watch the brutal and violent honesty of the subject on screen.
I predict nominations, if not for the movie in general for Fassbender and Ejiofor.