’12 Years a Slave’ Movie Review [WATCH VIDEO]

By Hannah Aven Guarin | 4 years ago
’12 Years a Slave’ Movie Review [WATCH VIDEO]


The movie “12 Years a Slave” is a film adaptation of its 1853 predecessor. It is a drama which focuses on the oppression and slavery of African American people during the early times. The film is directed by notable director Steve McQueen. Its cast members include Chiwetel Ejiofor (Solomon Northrup), Michael Fassbender (Edwin Epps), Lupita Nyong’o (Patsey) and Brad Pitt (Bass).  It  was released in the movie theaters on October 18, 2013. Read on for the “12 Years a Slave” movie review and a brief synopsis of the film.


“12 Years a Slave” Film Synopsis:

The film is set during the age where Black people are sold to slavery. Solomon Northup was a free man who lives in Saratoga, New York with his wife and children. He plays the violin for a living. In an out of town gig, Northup was drugged and sold in the south. His abductors changed his name into Platt.  Northup was sold to the wicked Edwin Epps, and as what is commonly expected of slaves, Northup received and followed orders from him. Northup has been enslaved for 12 years, until he met Bass who helped to set him free.


“12 Years of a Slave” Movie Review:

According to Rotten Tomatoes’ Tomatometer,the movie was so great that 92% of those who have seen it, liked it. Moreover, the critics of Rotten Tomatoes gave this film nothing but positive reviews, which scored 96%.

“‘12 Years a Slave’” isn’t easy to watch, and it shouldn’t be; it’s one man’s tragedy, but it’s also the tragedy of countless thousands of souls beaten down, literally and metaphorically,” reviewed Moira MacDonald of Seattle Times.

Annette Basile of FILMINK (Australia) described the cast’s performance as brilliant.

“The direction from Steve McQueen is visceral, the script from John Ridley doesn’t waste a word,” added Basile in her review in FILMINK.

“12 Years a Slave” is nominated in several categories in the Oscars 2014: Best Picture, Best Actor (Chiwetel Ejiofor), Best Supporting Actress (Lupita Nyong’o) and Best Director (Steve McQueen). In fact, it won the Best Picture Award at the recently concluded 86th Academy Awards which was held at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood (Los Angeles, California). Lupita Nyong’o also won the Oscars 2014 Best Supporting Actress Award.

Aside from the Oscars 2014, “12 Years a Slave”  also won several awards at the recently held Independent Spirit Awards. The said event was held at Santa Monica Beach on Mar. 1, 2014, just a day away from the Oscars 2014. Nyong’o also won the Best Supporting Actress award, while McQueen has been recognized as the Best Director. The film has won 5 awards in its 7 nominations.

That’s all for the “12 Years a Slave” movie review. For more credible movie reviews and updates, keep browsing Movie News Guide (MNG).

About the author

entertainment writer, textbook editor, bookworm; travel, food, and music