Saturday, 14 September 2013

Early review for '12 Years a Slave'

Advanced reviews for '12 Years A Slave' have filtered through the Internet, and apparently, the film is a must see. This review from Digital Spy gave it 5 stars -

This film is going to be a huge moment in American history. For the first time, a motion picture will depict slavery in its brutal form - whipping, rape, lynching, slave auctions - the daily life of a slave.

The story is based on Soloman Northup, a free black man who was kidnapped and sold into slavery for 12 years. Not a unique occurrence, and one that - thankfully - is getting all the attention it deserves.

There will be critics - those that argue too much focus has been placed on the hardships of African Americans. But the history of slavery has been covered up: from the hushed or non existent conversations in historic houses to the poverty African Americans experience as a direct result of slavery. '12 Years a Slave' will be incredible and terrifying at the same time.

No book or film can depict the true extent of slavery. Nothing can depict the agony of torture, rape, murder, the separation of family - but any film that dares to try should be praised for its courage.

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