The true story of Solomon Northup - a free man in the North who was kidnapped and became enslaved in the South - is told in director Steve McQueen's superb telling of Northup's own book, which resulted in an Oscar win for best picture. Chiwetel Ejiofor is deeply moving as Northup, and the film put co-star Lupita Nyong'o on the fast track to her own Academy Award for her wrenching portrayal of another slave.
Additional cast members include a chilling Michael Fassbender, Sarah Paulson, Benedict Cumberbatch, Sarah Paulson, Alfre Woodard, Michael K. Williams, Paul Dano and Brad Pitt ... who also was a producer of the movie. John Ridley won an Oscar as well for his screenplay. **** (R: AS, N, P) (Also on Blu-ray; starts March 18 on On Demand)
<a href="http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00G4Q3KOC/ref=nosim/?tag=zap2it07-20"><b>Buy '12 Years a Slave' on DVD</b></a>.