Judas and the Black Messiah

Judas and the Black Messiah ★★★★½

A powerfully performed and soul-crushing historical lesson that once again showcases the lengths a corrupt system will go to silence any who oppose them. Daniel Kaluuya gives a career best (so far) turn as Fred Hampton, and LaKeith Stanfield brings palpable emotional turmoil as William O’Neil. All the supporting cast do a great job as well, although some characters feel like they’re going to play a bigger role, only to exit out the story rather abruptly, the same can be said for certain plot points and political context; I never knew about Fred Hampton or the Rainbow Coalition before watching the film, but by the end, I didn’t feel like I had learned anything beyond who/what they were. Still a riveting, tense piece of sad history with strong filmmaking and a gut-punch of a conclusion.

“Anywhere there’s people, there’s power!”

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