Review Is 12 Years a Slave Really a Historically Important and Powerful Film?

Steve McQueen's movie is a work that arouses both interest and respect, but the cinematic experience it offers is ultimately limited in terms of the artistic challenge the movie has set itself.

12 Years a Slave Directed by Steve McQueen; written by John Ridley, based on the book by Solomon Northup; with Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Fassbender, Lupita Nyong’o, Sarah Paulson, Benedict Cumberbatch, Paul Dano, Paul Giamatti, Brad Pitt, Alfre Woodard