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FILM DETAILS
Certificate 15
Cast
Chiwetel Ejiofor
Brad Pitt
Michael Fassbender
Paul Dano
Benedict Cumberbatch
Scoot McNairy
Paul Giamatti
Garret Dillahunt
Lupita Nyong’o
Sarah Paulson
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Steve McQueen
Screenwriters
John Ridley
Running Time
134 minutes

12 Years A Slave
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12 Years A Slave

Plot
1841. A gifted violinist and family man living in Saratoga, Solomon Northup (Ejiofor) is lured to Washington, D. C. by two entertainers promising work. Yet after a night of carousing, Northup wakes up in chains and is sold into a life of slavery.


Verdict
Falling between the twin pillars of the art house and prestige period flick, 12 Years A Slave is history lesson as horror film, powerful, visceral and affecting. And after years of being great in everything, Chiwetel Ejiofor shines in a lead worthy of his immense talent.


Reviewed by Ian Freer

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