Michael Vazquez’s review published on Letterboxd:
“I AM A REVOLUTIONARY! I AM A REVOLUTIONARY! I AM A REVOLUTIONARY!”
Exceeded my expectations. A powerful, timely & excellent movie that you will make you feel go through and feel a variety of emotions. Daniel Kaluuya is groundbreaking as Fred Hampton, his best performance of his career. I would absolutely be shocked if he doesn’t sweep the awards, he better win, man. He was out of this world in this one. What a beast actor, so much range. Lakeith Stanfield is electric as Bill O’Neal and he also gives his career-best, really love this dude since Short Term 12. He just keeps getting better and better every year. I hate that he’s not getting any award buzz for his performance here but then again, there’s been too many great lead male performances for awards season.
Jesse Plemons is underrated as always, he’s quietly excellent here as FBI Agent Mitchell. Dominique Fishback continues impressing during her movie streak after doing so well in HBO’s series in David Simon’s underrated “The Deuce”. Dominique Thorne is a scene-stealer. Cool to see Ashton Sanders, Darell Britt-Gibson & Lil Rel Howrey. The writing is fantastic. Sean Bobbitt’s cinematography is oscar-worthy. The editing is razor-sharp.
There’s nothing at all to complain about this movie. Shaka King directs the heck out of this as well. It’s an excellent & important movie coupled with two powerful performances at the front along with fantastic direction, writing & wonderful cinematography that needs to be watched.