Acting under the cover of a Hollywood producer scouting a location for a science fiction film, a CIA agent launches a dangerous operation to rescue six Americans in Tehran during the U.S. hostage crisis in Iran in 1979.
The story of King George VI of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, his impromptu ascension to the throne and the speech therapist who helped the unsure monarch become worthy of it.
Helena Bonham Carter
Based on an incredible true story of one man's fight for survival and freedom. In the pre-Civil War United States, Solomon Northup, a free black man from upstate New York, is abducted and sold into slavery. Facing cruelty personified by a malevolent slave owner, as well as unexpected kindnesses, Solomon struggles not only to stay alive, but to retain his dignity. In the twelfth year of his unforgettable odyssey, Solomon's chance meeting with a Canadian abolitionist will forever alter his life. Written by
I thought this story was reminiscent of Dumas's 'The Count of Monte Cristo', so much so that I knew what would happen at the end and that he would attain his freedom.
Its a depressing and brutal film, which of course depicts how it must have been for the slaves. I applaud the acting from most of the cast and appreciate that Pitt and McQueen would have had a hard job convincing actors to participate in this film. The whole shameful episode of slavery is an emotive subject and must be difficult to portray in a way that neither attracts subscription to far right ideology, nor receives condemnation of its portrayal.
I think the film is OK as films go, but the subject matter and the depressing script, may leave people wishing that it wasn't such shocking viewing.
5 out of 10
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