Wow. I haven't been this unsettled by a film in quite some time. This is a brutal, unflinching, and unsentimental portrayal of a horrible period in history. It's an uncomfortable film to watch, but at the same time it's compelling. A large part of this is due to the incredible performances. Chiwetel Ejiofor is mesmerising. The director, McQueen, isn't afraid to let the camera linger for long unbroken shots, and the several moments where it's just Ejiofor's face in frame are incredible.
This definitely isn't a film for everyone, but it deserves to be seen by everyone.
I saw this in a motel while on a business trip, not having any prior knowledge of the film. Needless to say, what at first seemed like a relatively interesting drama rapidly turned into pretty amazing mind-fuck of the highest order.
If you enjoy intelligent Sci-Fi that makes you think, then watch this. Good performances, too.
Rewatched on Blu-ray. The film definitely still packs a hell of a punch. Certain elements have dated, but overall it holds up even now. The special effects, which were state of the art at the time, are still impressive in their own way. Basically, this is one of the greatest action movies of all time and I'll always love it.
I hadn't seen this film since I first watched it in the cinema 15 years ago, so it was basically like a brand new film for me. Honestly, I really enjoyed it. Martin Campbell obviously made a conscious decision to go for a very classic, old-movie vibe when directing this and I think it pays off.
The sword fights are fantastic, and the stunt work in general is great. The chemistry between all of the actors is spot-on, too. The movie is a bit too long, but I was never bored during any of it.