Todd Carper’s review published on Letterboxd:
My 5 Stars
Black Lives Matter Film
3 out of 76 Black Lives Matter Films
Absolutely a great movie. It will not upset me if it gets the best picture this year. I still think Sound of Metal was the best, but this is number 2 and then Nomadland is 3.
All actors did their job will with intensity and integrity. While it is a violent film, that is not the focus. The focus stays on the victims of the crimes. Kaluuya's and Stanfield's performances were stunning to say the least.
I will say that I times this movie pissed me off as I wonder what the hell is wrong with people.
It is unforgettable because of the intensity of the film. You won't forget it and you shouldn't forget it.
I believe that this film does justice to the story they were trying to tell and Hampton should be held up as a hero to the plight of black people in this country. The crazy thing is that this took place a half-century ago and the struggle continues and the history is amazingly relevant today.
Usually I can understand (at least a little bit) the negative reviews of a great film. I don't in this case.
FBI informant William O'Neal infiltrates the Illinois Black Panther Party and is tasked with keeping tabs on their charismatic leader, Chairman Fred Hampton. A career thief, O'Neal revels in the danger of manipulating both his comrades and his handler, Special Agent Roy Mitchell. Hampton's political prowess grows just as he's falling in love with fellow revolutionary Deborah Johnson. Meanwhile, a battle wages for O'Neal's soul. Will he align with the forces of good? Or subdue Hampton and The Panthers by any means, as FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover commands?