The only problem with this movie is that the subject matter has become to mainstream. Movies about the plight of slaves (of all nations), and the inhumane treatment of people seems to be everywhere nowadays. If this movie had been made 10 - 20 years ago, it would have had everyone talking. Unforutnately for it, now it is just another movie to add to the pile in this category, and even though it is wonderfully done, it isn't getting the attention it deserves.
The movie itself hits you right in the heart, I don't think anyone could watch this movie and not feel the emotions, even if your family has never been subjected to discrimination.
The movie is hard hitting, and although the previews didn't make it seem "gruesome", don't let it deceive you. This movie doesn't sugar coat anything. It hits hard, and leaves you gasping for air.
The acting in the movie is phenomenal, but that can only be expected when it stars Forest Whitaker. Suprisingly, Oprah Winfrey was also amazing in her role (which shouldn't be surprising after her role in The Color Purple, but it always is). The rest of the cast was equally as good, and extremely well placed.
The script keeps you very much interested, and at no point did I find myself drifting off in thought, which says alot.
Should you see? absolutely yes.