victoria’s review published on Letterboxd:
Daniel Kaluuya is INCREDIBLE as Fred Hampton, he is hypnotizing on screen. The "I am a revolutionary" speech scene is tense and captivating, and he gives it all- but the first speech gave me chills.
Maybe it's a controversial thing to say, but I find most movies regarding civil rights and revolutions to be sugar coated, they convinientely portray the ideas of these memorable figures completely deprived of political ideology, without anti-capitalist sentiments, without showing any type of violence, extremism or any type of radicalization which many times was considered a must for systematic change. Hollywood will turn civil rights movements into just some hippie shit... I am happy to say this isn't one of those movies.
I have read that this was "white washed" in some places, but as an outsider, I felt really compelled by some of the grey morality and the main character's personal conflicts, it didn't feel like a white savior story at all, or anything like that.
There are a few storylines that felt out of place, or maybe just awkwardly placed in the story, but I enjoyed this movie overall, the human part and the political parts.