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Film Review - 12 Years a Slave

12 YEARS A SLAVE 1

After battling convention with his uncompromising work on “Hunger” and “Shame,” director Steve McQueen travels down a familiar path with “12 Years a Slave.” Harrowing, brutal, and heartbreaking, this tale of abduction and subjugation is brimming with powerful imagery, making the audience feel every last lash that’s cracked across the back of the lead character. It’s powerful work, but it also has a fatiguing concentration on suffering, lingering on torture instead of studying it for the greater thematic good. Rich with details, “12 Years a Slave” is an accomplished effort, yet McQueen is distracted by the weave work of story, failing to find art in agony. Read the rest at Blu-ray.com

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