Judas and the Black Messiah

Judas and the Black Messiah ★★★★

"The story of Fred Hampton, chairman of the Illinois Black Panther Party, and his fateful betrayal by FBI informant William O'Neal."

Riveting biopic on Fred Hampton (portrayed by Daniel Kaluuya) and his role as Chairman of the Black Panther Party based in Chicago as well as the man who ushered in Hampton's death, Bill O'Neal (portrayed by Lakeith Stanfield), an undercover mole planted by the FBI. Dramatizations on historical events usually aren't my go-to, but Judas And The Black Messiah drew me in from the beginning, electrifying me with its daring wit, powerful themes, mesmerizing cinematography, and sensational performances.
The tone may be a bit foreboding, but there's no denying the impact the film has in addressing its central message. All the acting is competently handled yet Daniel Kaluuya and Lakeith Stanfield really deliver intensely in their respective roles. Some deeply profound scenes are still playing themselves over and over again in my head and if this is the start to the new year's batch of movie offerings, then I'm feeling more positive as compared to last year!

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