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” I don’t want to survive. I want to live. “

  • What is it about?

Solomon Northup is a free black man from upstate New York. One day he is abducted and sold into slavery downstate. This is the story about the twelve years he spent as a slave and all the pain and suffering he had to endure during that time.

  • What is good about it?

twelve_years_a_slaveThe whole movie makes you feel a bit out-of-place. How the pain and the sufferingSalomon (and all his black fellows) are experiencing really gets under your skin. Someone may think, oh! another slavery movie (again!?) But let’s be sincere, this is not another slavery movie, this a movie about slavery that took years to come since we last saw something of such a high quality. Ok….. Just last year he was in the Oscars another slavery related movie…. “Django Unchained”, but i dare to say that the main plot of these two movies couldn’t be more different!! Although it is pretty impossible to concentrate twelve years in a bit more of two hours time, the movie flows slowly, smoothly, letting the audience have enough time to feel what the main character is feeling: utterly terror and desperation.

All actors and actresses really get into their characters; the black ones, the white ones, ALL of them perform with such a force that sometimes you feel like taking out your gun and shot one of them!! Chiwetel Ejiofor (far from his role in “Love Actually”) has received a more than deserved Oscar nomination as Best Actor in a Leading Role for his performance as Solomon. The despair we can see in his eyes thru the whole movie is something that chases you for the whole time you are watching the film and some time after. On the other side, we find Michael Fassbender (the one that almost gets shot by the audience!) in his role as the last slaver that owns Solomon.. and he really plays the big bad wolf!! The way he treats his slaves (specially one woman) makes you feel really disgusted with the human race. For this role, he received a most than earned Oscar nomination for best performance as a supporting actor. Finally, there is debutee Lupita Nyong’o in her role as the black woman under Fassbender territory…. Most of the things that happen to her are shown with such a detail that is is normal that you turn your face away from the screen at some point of the movie (think about the whip scene). For her hard work she earned an Oscar nomination for best performance as a supporting actress. To sum it up, this is a movie worth watching in order to remember the not so distant past that is above our heads.

  • Did you know?

–  Based on the autobiography os Solomon Northup: “Twelve Years a Slave” 

– Along with Gravity (2013), this is the first film to tie for Best Picture at the Producer Guild Awards.

– Film debut of Lupita Nyong’o

– Michael K. Williams suffered became extremely distressed after multiple takes filming what eventually became a deleted scene in the movie, such was the stress he experienced from the handling of the other actors portraying slave owners.

– Michael Fassbender momentarily passed out after filming the rape scene.

  • Oscar nominations: 9

– Best Motion Picture of the Year

– Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role: Chiwetel Ejiofor

– Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role: Michael Fassbender

– Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role: Lupita Nyong’o

– Best Achievement in Costume Design

– Best Achievement in Directing: Steve McQueen

– Best Achievement in Film Editing

– Best Achievement in Production Design

– Best Writing, Adapted Screenplay