Judas and the Black Messiah

Judas and the Black Messiah ★★★★

There is truly nothing more captivating than a stressed out LaKeith Stanfield.

More than anything, this is a film about tragedy. Fred Hampton's death, assassinated by the FBI at the age of 21, is obviously horrific. But Bill O'Neal's betrayal is terribly tragic in its own sense, something director Shaka King makes clear before we even meet Kaluuya's Hampton.

Shaka King handles the lives of these men with remarkable empathy. The final scene between Stanfield and Kaluuya is heartbreaking, and in my opinion solidifies the powerful message behind this film.

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