Judas and the Black Messiah

Judas and the Black Messiah ★★★★½

Electrifying and exceptionally acted, Judas and the Black Messiah is a complex Panther Party revolution that's riddled with rifts and incriminating informant intel.

It is a gripping story with gritty visuals and soaring speeches. The towering performances, notably from the charismatic Kaluuya, and the snitch in the story, Stanfield, command all the attention. While Kaluuya is an awards season shoo-in, I am legitimately surprised that Stanfield is not hailed enough within the awards discourse. As the counter intelligence operative for the FBI, tasked with infiltrating the Black Panther Party, Stanfield captures the anxiety, fear and vulnerability in his performance excellently. His shifty eyes work overtime here.

The cinematography is impressive and Judas's jazzy score grows increasingly moody, culminating in betrayal and a hauntingly cold-blooded conclusion.

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