12 Years a Slave
"12 Years a Slave" is based on an incredible true story of one man's fight for survival and freedom. In the pre-Civil War United States, Solomon Northup, played by Chiwetel Ejiofor ("2012," "Children of Men"), a free black man from upstate New York, is abducted and sold into slavery. Facing cruelty, personified by a malevolent slave owner, portrayed by Michael Fassbender ("X-Men: First Class," "Prometheus"), as well as unexpected kindnesses, Solomon struggles not only to stay alive, but to retain his dignity. In the twelfth year of his unforgettable odyssey, Solomon’s chance meeting with a Canadian abolitionist, played by Brad Pitt ("Se7en," "World War Z") will forever alter his life. Steve McQueen ("Hunger") directs from a script he co-wrote with John Ridley, based in part by Northup's memoir. Benedict Cumberbatch, Sarah Paulson, and Paul Giamatti also co-star.
HitFix Reviews and Ratings
A+Critics and audiences both were flattened by '12 Years A Slave' at this year's Toronto Film Festival, and now that we've seen it, we discuss how Steve McQueen's harrowing true-life tale is a genuine horror film, one of the most emotionally raw experiences you'll have in a theater this year.