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There was a lot in 12 Years a Slave that turned me off more than all of Steve McQueen's torture porn, although that was pretty bad too. I finally gave the film a ranking of 7 Stars out of 10 but felt at the end of the day that McQueen could have made a much better film than he did and that its Best Picture Oscar was the biggest robbery since the Brinks job.
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How is it torture porn if its retelling of history?
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How is it torture porn if its retelling of history?

Portrayal.
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Portrayal.

Yes better word. A portrayal of history.
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I finally screwed up my courage, rented the BD, and watched the film again tonight. After I saw it in the theater I gave it 7 Stars out of 10, mostly because of how beautiful it looked and sounded and its remarkable ensemble cast. Its, to me at least, weak screenplay and McQueen's unremitting focus on violence took me out of the film. I have stated my thoughts in this regard in earlier posts so won't reprise them here. After suffering through 12 Years a Slave again tonight, I was tempted to lower my vote from 7 Stars to 6 but in the interest of fairness and consistency I have decided to leave it at 7.

By the way, if the ghastly scene Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
depicting the deranged Epps first directing the whipping of the slave Patsey and then doing it himself isn't "torture porn" I have no idea what would be, given the background that Epps had a nonconsensual sexual relationship with Patsey and beat her at his jealous wife's insistence. It was ugly!
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I finally screwed up my courage, rented the BD, and watched the film again tonight. After I saw it in the theater I gave it 7 Stars out of 10, mostly because of how beautiful it looked and sounded and its remarkable ensemble cast. Its, to me at least, weak screenplay and McQueen's unremitting focus on violence took me out of the film. I have stated my thoughts in this regard in earlier posts so won't reprise them here. After suffering through 12 Years a Slave again tonight, I was tempted to lower my vote from 7 Stars to 6 but in the interest of fairness and consistency I have decided to leave it at 7.

By the way, if the ghastly scene Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
depicting the deranged Epps first directing the whipping of the slave Patsey and then doing it himself isn't "torture porn" I have no idea what would be, given the background that Epps had a nonconsensual sexual relationship with Patsey and beat her at his jealous wife's insistence. It was ugly!

Thanks for your re-review. I've had this movie for some time now but can't find the right time or mood to watch it yet.

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