Wednesday, March 26, 2014

12 Years A Slave: A Movie Review

Just before our trip to South America, Ryan & I enjoyed a night in on the couch with Chipotle and a movie. 12 Years A Slave had been on my must-see list so we fired up the OnDemand channels and rented it. My eyes were glued to the screen in shock and horror through the entire 134 minutes.

Based on a true story, Solomon Northup was a free man in New York before he was abducted and sold into slavery for twelve years. From plantation to plantation, the long 12 years of his slavery are filled with blood, sweat, and tears as he watches the cruelty around him become his reality. Picking cotton in fields, building boats to cross rivers, and playing the violin for recreation, he displays a man of great character throughout each day. His determination leads him back to his own freedom and the family he was ripped from by abduction.

A story of sadness yet strength and a must see for anyone who believes that the mind can overcome all things.

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