Michael Chantiri’s review published on Letterboxd:
I am absolutely thrilled that this film will make people aware of the legacy of Fred Hampton, a clear example of how art can be used to spread under talked parts of history and liberate ideas. Part of me wishes this went in harder on the Black Panthers perspective instead of darting between the cops (more insight into Fred's psyche), feels like there were concessions made in order to make this film an easier pill to swallow.
With that being said the film has a ton of emotion and sympathy, the focus on O'Neal also adds a lot of tension and devastation, seeing a man being tied to his past while trying to adapt to a new life that the world is just not letting him into. This is a powerful film despite some of its limitations, it's just nice to see an anti-capitalist film being distributed by a big studio, progress is progress.
Donate to the Save the Hampton House campaign