Solomon Northup, a free African-American, is promised a fortnightly job by Brown and Hamilton. However, after arriving in Washington DC, he realises that he has been sold into slavery.
Director: Steve McQueen
Writer: John Ridley
Won 2014 Academy Awards Award for Best Picture
It's far from comfortable viewing, but 12 Years a Slave's unflinchingly brutal look at American slavery is also brilliant -- and quite possibly essential -- cinema.
A film that, despite its surface simplicity, proves to be riven with contradictions to the point of incoherence.
Ejiofor projects extraordinary integrity, even nobility - and he holds the camera magnificently. It's a deeply inward, deeply felt performance, surely a cert for one of the many Oscars this film must win.
The film tells an irresistibly powerful story, in a way that does not shirk the horror. It is unbearable to watch at times, but that is as it should be.
It speaks to the courage and resilience of one man, the savagery of many, and the potential, for both good and for ill, in us all.
Tagline: The extraordinary true story of Solomon Northup
Source: based on the novel by Solomon Northup
Genres: biography, drama, history
Categories: slavery, plantation owner, slave trader, whipping, racism, kidnapping, human trafficking, cotton field, whip, plantation, night shift, violin player, physical abuse, cotton, slave owner, 19th century, sold into slavery, abolitionist
Editor: Joe Walker
Director of photography: Sean Bobbitt
Original music composer: Hans Zimmer
Costume design: Patricia Norris
Production design: Adam Stockhausen
Runtime: 134 min
Country: UK, USA
Sound Mix: DTS, Dolby Digital, SDDS, Dolby Surround 7.1
Aspect Ratio: 2.35 : 1