This film is not an easy watch. It is not simply a condemning account of slavery, it is tale of standing by and doing nothing.
The story is of a wealthy man, with a wife and children, who is kidnapped and whose life transforms into servitude and slavery. We see the life he lives as a slave and how differently people treat him.
The direction is very good. Mcqueen keeps a distance between the viewer and the main character, making…
Not perfect, but a lot better than I expected. The fight scenes are a bit like music videos, but this is fine, as the ideas and main characters are the drive here and not the action. It's not quite inception, but the film covers about as many themes and ideas as Snyder's watchmen, which is impressive for his first non-adaptation.
While being better than X-men origins, I still would struggle to call this good. The story is weak, supporting cast are almost all 1 dimensional and the ending is both disappointing and unclear. Hugh Jackman was good, as ever, and the action scenes, particularly the bullet train sequence are fun to watch. It is doing something new with the character, which I appreciate, but I would have liked it to be better next time.