November 14th, 2013 [9:18:46]
cress: Powerful film. Chiwetel Ejiofor gives an excellent performance as freeman Solomon Northop (I think that was his last name), who is kidnapped under false pretenses and brought to the south and sold into slavery.
There are some intense scenes or brutality, as the filmmakers don't shy away from the truly terrible conditions African-Americans endured during this time. By the end of the film, I wanted to beat the shit out of Michael Fassbender's racist character(he is excellent in his role, though). Benedict Cumberbatch is very good as well, in a brief appearance.
The only problems I had was some dialogue seemed too "speech-like" and "proper" in odd places, and the end resolution seemed too rushed. I think another 15-20 minutes epilogue about Solomon's life after his freedom would've been very watchable. Still, it's the best film I've seen this year. Highly recommended.