The biggest buzz for any film this Fall is for 12 Years a Slave. The film is based on a true story about a man who is sold into slavery. The film has a lot of star power too with Paul Giamatt, Brad Pitt, Benedict Cumberbatch, and Michael Fassbender. Chiwetel Ejiofor is the star of the film and will likely be nominated for numerous awards for his performance.
The reviews for 12 Years a Slave are pretty good as you can see below but the film was just released out on Redbox Instant and you can now watch it on your computer. Check out the Redbox Link below to watch it with a free trial.
It is not that 12 Years a Slave is a “must see” in terms of normal entertainment, or a rival to the candy of The Help or The Butler. No, it is a film that necessity and education demand seeing.
“12 Years a Slave” isn’t the first movie about slavery in the United States — but it may be the one that finally makes it impossible for American cinema to continue to sell the ugly lies it’s been hawking for more than a century.
To call 12 Years a Slave Oscar-bait is an insult, reducing it to little more than another star-studded biopic. True, it’s both star-studded and a biopic. Still, director Steve McQueen’s adaptation of Solomon Northup’s autobiography of the same name goes beyond these simplistic descriptions. In its essence, this film is a study in human nature, and what it means to survive.
What Steve McQueen’s 12 Years A Slave does is give a human face–actually many–to this time and place, forcing us all to freshly confront slavery’s horrors and recognize how these people of the past really aren’t all that different from us. Evil is a choice man can make every day, even today, in one form or another.
I bet the film does really well at the award shows early next year.