I expected a lot more, and got disappointed by the less-than-impressive direction and script. Not even Chiwetel Ejiofor saves it, and he in fact exposes his limitations as an actor, which is sad given I am something of a fan... see him in Redbelt and Four Brothers for example.
The one interesting subplot is one involving the sex pet, whose fate is less than desirable. Not that her performance is any excellent, nor her scenes particularly well-made. She just happens to be in a rather unique situation, and I like her face :)
This may end up the most overrated movie of the year. There's not much value in here. Find something else. If in a mood for some Black American slavery stuff, check out the far superior Mandingo and Goodbye Uncle Tom, or even Django Unchained.