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Movies :: Kilian Melloy’s Best of 2013

by Kilian Melloy
Monday Dec 30, 2013

EDGE’s critic Kilian Melloy makes his choices for the best films of 2013:

12 Years a Slave

Steve McQueen’s drama about Solomon Northup (Chiwetel Ejiofor) carries the sting of historical truth: Northup was a free black man, and a fine musician, living in the North until he was abducted and sold into slavery down South. There, he endured over a decade’s worth of forced servitude.

Like the Forest Whitaker vehicle "Lee Daniels’ The Butler," this film graphically illustrates what it’s like living as the "wrong" kind of person in a society where people can own people and treat them (or mistreat them) like any other kind of property -- including the perpetration of rape and murder without legal consequences. But "12 Years A Slave" also vividly portrays the human spirit’s power to endure and the untarnishable nature of authentic dignity.


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