Movie Review: 12 Years a Slave ****

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12 Years a Slave is a pre-civil war movie about slave life on a plantation in the deep South. Solomon is a free man, but falls victim to bounty hunters who kidnap him and send him to Louisiana where he is sold as a slave. His intellect, education, and true identity must be hidden under fear of retribution. Various forms of fear keeps all of the slaves in line, while a confidante is sought to help Solomon escape his masters. 

Based on a true story,  it may be a true depiction of how masters, slaves, and overseers interacted. It tells a tale of fear and abuse towards African slaves that was normal behavior by many white people in the 19th century. It is a very brutal movie with many disturbing and violently graphic scenes. It’s R rating is earned and is definitely not for the squeamish and not appropriate for children. The acting is superb and the story is very good. It has all of the elements of a great movie, and has many deserved nominations for academy awards. 4 out of 5 stars.

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