Thank you! My wife and I just saw the film tonight and couldn't put our finger on what was missing. What was missing were 3-dimensional people. The relentless beatings and cruelty -- intended to horrify -- instead angered: the anger being directed not at the horror and crime of slavery, but rather at the director for scenes that -- if not gratuitous, simply were not organic; the movie had no soul; it did not breathe. For all it's horrors and faithfully rendered scenes of beatings and degradations, it was oddly unemotional and we had no investment in its characters...other than Ejiiofor,who commanded your attention throughout.