Bill Marks (Neeson) is an air marshal who, on a non stop flight from the US to London, receives a message asking for $150 million or a passenger will be killed every 20 minutes. By the time he receives the actual message, we have a list of suspects a mile long. Lots of shady people…..new people…..suspicious people….. I may never fly again.
Then we find out that Bill is being framed. The account the ransom money is to be deposited into is in Bills name. This changes everything. The pilots have their orders and these do not include the air marshal having a gun or any kind of control on the plane.
Based on the true story, Solomon Northup (Ejiofor) is a well-respected and happily married father of 2 young children. The year is 1841 and Solomon makes a very decent living as a musician. Overnight he loses everything …. he is betrayed, drugged and shipped south to New Orleans where he is sold into slavery.
In the week or so it takes for the sea journey south, every attempt is made to strip these slaves of their humanity and dignity. When they are sold …. in an actual shop…. they are stood naked and poked and prodded as if they were nothing but animals. Children are ripped screaming from their mothers. Families are torn apart.