12 Years a Slave
If you haven't seen any of the 2014 Oscar-nominated films, like 'American Hustle' or '12 Years a Slave,' have no fear. The folks at CineFix and Mom.me and their talented kid performers have come together to reenact the most praised films of the past year ... except for 'Philomena.' Seems like no one has seen 'Philomena.' (Joking ... sort of.)
Director Steve McQueen ('Hunger,' 'Shame') is ready to unleash his third film, '12 Years a Slave,' in theaters tomorrow, and you'll be able to see what critics are calling a spectacular, but hard-to-watch film. Just to give you a taste of what's in store, Fox Searchlight has released a batch of clips, showcasing its variety of acting talent.
It would be a lot easier if you could say, "it's just a movie." The sickening thing, the thing that may make it difficult to convince you to buy a ticket, is the opening card that reads, "based on a true story." But facing the cruelty of America's original sin is what '12 Years a Slave' is all about. That's what Solomon Northup did.
In pre-Civil War America, a free black man from upstate New York is abducted and sold into slavery.