Review: I saw this in the LFF. It is a brilliant piece of cinema. Clearly its central theme is slavery, corruption and nature can so easily happen, but it has many other small moments that trigger thoughts about wider issues - the role of religion to be such. It is violent, and in some respect they look terrible, but this is the story of Solomon Northup said truthfully. There is nothing about sugary way Steve McQueen with this, and that's what makes it so wonderful. You cry because you are witnessing is absolutely terrible, not because violins are out and Directors Tugging On your heart strings. All the acting is first rate, as is the score by Hans Zimmer. This should be important for everyone to look old enough to understand it.