Director: Steve McQueen
Starring: Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Fassbender
Each time I see a movie about North American history, I lose a little faith in humanity. How could a so called civilzed race from Europe have been so evil. No wonder there was a civil war.
Based on a true story written by a free Negro from New York named Solomon Northup, brilliantly played by Chiwetel Ejiofor. Kidnapped from the free North and sold into slavery in the South, he tries to prove who he really is for 12 long years, all the while hiding his higher education. You do not want to show up a southern hick. "We don't like that kind of disrespect from no nigges down here"
There are painful scenes in this movie. The cruelty and inhumanity is driven even deeper by directory Steve McQueen's use of prolonged scenes that 'hang' (no pun intended) around a little too long for comfort. Digging into our psyche to make us feel the pain these poor souls went through.
What burns me the most is that these dumb southern fucks seemed to think that it was all righteous because the bible told them so. It's all there in the soulful songs being heard sung in the cotton fields. The only safe way the slaves could express themselves and plead to a merciless god. ROB