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REVIEW: “12 Years a Slave”

15 Nov

12 years a slave

They stand there dank-faced and silent, outfitted in their rough sack-cloth, listening as the plantation’s overseer instructs them on how to properly cut sugarcane.

“12 Years a Slave”‘s opening scene portrays the banality of plantation life – slaves being taught how to work the fields had to have been a mundane sight for those who lived in that time. But Platt’s (formerly known as Solomon Northrup) eyes, veiled with grimness, reflect the true horror of the scene. Behind his mournful gaze, one can almost see the atrocities that await him as a slave.

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