Monday, June 30, 2014

12 Years a Slave


It has been a very long time since I have sat down and engaged myself in a movie that required my solemnness and full attention, being careful not to disrespect the content I was watching. That being said, "12 Years a Slave" was a pleasant watch and I wouldn't dissuade anyone from renting out this movie. 

Interestingly, "12 Years a Slave" made me think of my own life. Quite comically, I was raised in a very strict family, and somehow I could relate to the protagonist Solomon, and associate the slave owner to my dad. As I was watching the movie, I could appreciate the freedom I have now as an adult, compared to my horrid childhood.

The movie also made me realize that the things I worry about today are actually a product of the luxuries I have in life. Whether it is food, money, sex, friendship, etc. all of these are pure luxuries when compared to the life a slave in the 1980s USA. It was a good wake-up call and hopefully I will come to live a more modest lifestyle with gratitude.

"12 Years a Slave" had great actors that could portray intense emotions. I felt that the sound effects of whipping, punching and etc. could have been more realistic as they were quite comical at times. But in the end the actors made up for the technical inadequacy. 

Overall rating: 7.0/10
Convincing depiction of slavery in the USA that makes us reflect on humanity.

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