Originally Posted by out_here_grindin
12 Years a Slave was phenomenal. Not only was it emotionally gripping but there were a handful of shots in the film that I have never seen used in any other film before. Very uniquely shot that added to the emotional toll of the movie. There is some gorgeous scenery of the swamps in deep Louisiana. There were several scenes that lasted longer than what was comfortable which made it seem very real and the evils of slavery were palpable to the audience. It's definitely going to take home some awards.
It is not a movie to go to for entertainment. The whipping scene was one of the most difficult movie scenes I have ever watched, and just like the life of a slave, it kept on and on and on, with no hope of a better future.
A white friend in California, with a black wife, said they felt very uncomfortable throughout the whole movie. And I guess that was the intention.
Apparently Gravity and Slave are the front runners for the Oscar. Gravity would not even be mentioned in the same breath as Slave, if Clooney were not involved. Hollywood still bows to Clooney.