12 Years a Slave - Intense. Horrifying. A must see. No smoothing over just an incredibly sad and horrifying story. Hats off to all involved in bringing this to the big screen-Brad Pitt, Steve McQueen, etc.
'12 Years a Slave' Book - Excellent - The most credible and telling contemporaneous portrait of American slavery. In 1841, Solomon Northup was betrayed, kidnapped, and sold as a slave in the pre-Civil War South. This is the true, shocking story of the twelve years Northup spent in slavery. A testimony to the strength of one man's spirit and his remarkable will to survive.
Based on the true story of Solomon Northup an African-American who is kidnapped and sold into slavery and follows the decade that he spends away from and longing for his wife and family. Steve McQueen's creativity really shines through with each shot composed like a work of art, the beauty of which contrasts with the tragic savagery of Solomon's situation.