TNT isn’t exactly up there with Variety or the New York Times when it comes to weighing in on the truly meaty issues of film and television. Sure, we occasionally get sent invitations to film screenings (never premieres, mind) and more often than not we go. Still, few people I know turn to TNT to decide whether or not they should go and see a film.

With that in mind let’s look at some solid numbers then, before I waffle on any further. The film just won a Golden Globe (Best Picture), is nominated for 10 BAFTAs and currently holds a 97 per cent rating on IMDB. It will also no doubt sweep anOscar or two (or nine, if it wins all the awards it’s nominated for).

Director Steve McQueen has made an engaging, entertaining film withoutglossing over any of the inherent brutality of his subject matter. The cast isincredible; Chiwetel Ejiofor is particularly extraordinary as the main character,Saloman Northup while Michael Fassbender also delivers a typically brilliantperformance as the psychotic plantation owner, Epps.

Sure it’s tough to watch at times, but this could be one of the best and mostimportant films made in the last decade. It’s incredible!

STARRING: Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Fassbender, Brad Pitt | 134mins | MA15+

GOOD FOR: Everyone. A powerful, important and provocative masterpiece!

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