Before seeing 12 Years a Slave, go out and have a wonderful day. See some wonderful stuff, something beautiful, because this film is raw, unflinching, and relentless. But it would be disservice for me not to call this an incredible feature. This is almost the same exact thing I say to people when talking about Schindler’s List. You owe it yourself to see this film, just do not get excited about it. 12 Years a Slave is important, very important, actually the most important film to come out in years.