Judas and the Black Messiah

Judas and the Black Messiah ★★★★½

"Judas and the Black Messiah" is not subtle in its allusions to the present day racial politics. however that lack of subtlety is a strength and not a weakness. Considering who was in office in the past four years the time for subtlety has passed. The film was a powerful dramatization of William O'Neal infiltration the black panther party to spy on Fred Hampton. The filmmaking is basic which is important to add to the realism of the message. There are many talking points by the bigoted FBI agents that are still seen today. The performances are Oscar worthy with Daniel Kaluuya being chiastic as Fred Hampton and LaKeith Stanfield as Willaim O'Neal. The action wasn't stylized but was shot with a realistic lens. The death wasn't focused on because it was quick and to the point. The film doesn't want to focus on the death of these people but the legacy they left behind.

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