Throwback Thursday: 12 Years a Slave [Review]

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Verdict – “Remarkable!”

Director – Steve McQueen

Cast – Chiwetel Ejiofor and Michael Fassbender

Based on a true story, 12 Years a Slave doesn’t vacillate to exhibit the ruthless and vicious vibe of the narrative. Director Steve McQueen and screenwriter John Ridley were never reluctant in unveiling the ferocious facts about slavery and how inhumane the retributions are. McQueen’s notion to make use of a long take to depict the character’s emotions is notable and his exertion in designing a scene with perfect lighting and tone must be appreciated.

Fun Fact: “In order to better portray an alcoholic, Michael Fassbender had his makeup artist paint his mustache with alcohol so that the other actors would react naturally to the smell, as they would to a man who had been drinking heavily.” Source: IMDb

What makes this movie more profound were the performances from the cast, Oscar nominee Chiwetel Ejiofor gives an astounding performance, mainly during his close-up shots, where he has to only function with his facial expressions and exhibit all his emotion in a time-consuming scene. Michael Fassbender (also nominated for an Oscar) was totally unpleasant portraying the character of a ruthless and a sadistic plantation owner which will definitely apprehend you for quite a while.

On the whole, 12 Years a Slave deals with the most violent, pitiless subject which leaves you in a mourning and an uncomfortable situation. Explaining how atrocious a human being can turn into, 12 Years a Slave was absolutely remarkable in every aspect.

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