12 Years a Slave
The extraordinary true story of Solomon Northup
Set in the 1850's in America, and based on a true story, this film has won high praise in spite of having some scenes that are ''difficult to watch''. A free black man agrees to join a travelling show, but is instead abducted, stripped of his identity, and sold into slavery. The next twelve years are extremely harrowing for him and his fellow slaves, as he seeks a way to regain his freedom without getting killed in the process.
134 minutes , No persons under 18 (Violence, Prejudice) Biographical, Drama, Period piece, On the art circuit
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Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Fassbender, Brad Pitt, Benedict Cumberbatch, Paul Giamatti, Sarah Paulson
Steve McQueen Screenplay John Ridley, from the book by Solomon Northup Music Hans Zimmer Cinematography Sean Bobbitt Editing Joe Walker Sound formats Dolby Soundtrack Available
Made in 2013
Produced by Regency Enterprises, River Road Entertainment, Plan B Entertainment, New Regency Pictures, Film4
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FPB Report (SA)
Language Moderate impact
Nudity Full frontal both male and female, non-sexual context, brief
Sex Moderate to strong, implied, infrequent
Violence Frequent, very strong, physical, psychological, intense, realistic, prolonged, graphic, gory
Prejudice Frequent, very strong scenes of racism and discrimination against black people
Drug abuse Some alcohol use (in context)
Comments Complex and mature and very strong impact.
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ScreenIt Report (USA)
Sex / Nudity Violence Blood / Gore / Gross Guns / Weapons Profanity Alcohol / Drugs Smoking Disrespectful / Bad Attitude Imitative Behaviour Frightening / Tense Scenes Jump Scenes Tense Family Scenes Music (Scary/Tense) Music (Inappropriate) Topics to talk about
CommonSenseMedia Report (USA)
Suggested age limit Positive messages Positive role models 14
Violence Sex Language
Consumerism Drinking, drugs, smoking
Scale (Max) 20 South African Media
Cape Argus/The Star Ann Hornaday 15
Die Burger Riëtte Grobler 15
Cape Times Todd McCarthy 15 International Media
ScreenIt (USA) C. Fuchs 16
Metacritic.com 48 critics 19
RottenTomatoes.com 238 critics 18
RottenTomatoes.com Tomatometer 19
Movie Review Query Engine (USA) MRQE critics 18
CommonSenseMedia (USA) Staff evaluation 15
IMDB 40981 Netizens 17
Average .. 84% 17
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