Guest / Limited Access /
Page 3 of 3

God have mercy on us all until they do.

Caveat Spectator

12 Years a Slave is rated R, as it should be. It contains multiple usages of painful language, depictions of lynching, murder, and torture. There is nudity and depictions of human sexuality. A major theme of the film is the dehumanizing effects of slavery. In presenting such a theme, it is often painful to watch, as it should be.

Kenneth R. Morefield is an Associate Professor of English at Campbell University. He is the editor of Faith and Spirituality in Masters of World Cinema, Volumes I & II, and the founder of 1More Film Blog.

Tags:
Browse All Movie Reviews By:
Read These NextSee Our Latest
Current IssueLara Casey
Lara Casey
The Southern Weddings editor-in-chief slows things down and pushes “purpose over perfection.”
RecommendedThe Secret Life of Pets
The Secret Life of Pets
A pleasant enough re-tread of every animated movie featuring talking animals that you've ever seen.
TrendingMy Encounter with Ken Ham's Giant Ark
My Encounter with Ken Ham's Giant Ark
A four-hour visit to the massive replica of Noah's boat left me with a flood of questions.
Editor's PickJerry B. Jenkins: The Tim LaHaye I Knew
Jerry B. Jenkins: The Tim LaHaye I Knew
I saw the softer side of a man famous for strong opinions.
View this article in Reader Mode
Christianity Today
12 Years a Slave