brono’s review published on Letterboxd:
Judas and the Black Messiah is an extremely powerful protest film that delivers a very strong and necessary message. It tells the story of the relationship between those two men. A man named Fred Hampton who fought for better education and housing, to end hunger & police violence and got betrayed by someone he considered a friend or even a brother. And a man named William O’Neal, an opportunist who betrayed the Black Panther leader for 30 piece of silver. Everything was told from O’Neal perspective, and the audience was able to see how inhuman the FBI and CPD really was.
It’s incredible how Lakeith Stanfield can express his feelings in a second the way he change the expression of his face. that’s exactly when he’s playing O’Neal who tries to hide his identity as an FBI infiltrate in the Black Panthers that this is shown. Godamn this is so well done. Daniel Kaluuya's 'I Am, A Revolutionary' speech gave me the chills and my tears just flowed voluntarily. These two actors are the best we have in the Industry and I’m glad I decided to watch this film. History needs to be told.