Judas and the Black Messiah

Judas and the Black Messiah ★★★★

You watch this and see that the Black Lives Matter movement is just the latest in a decades long struggle to level the playing field for African Americans. This is not a straight out polemical film but it will make you even more aware of the injustice and outright nefarious actions of those in power in white America. Daniel Kaluuya is charismatic and inspiring as Fred Hampton, just 21 years old old as he led the Illinois chapter of the Black Panthers and therefore has a target on his back while the ever ubiquitous Lakeith Stanfield is the man who ultimately betrays both Hampton and the Black Panther movement - the flipside to Hampton, struggling and out of his depth. Stanfield doesn't so much elicit sympathy as understanding for another young man who suffers for the abuse of power. A film of power that challenges the narrative of America's recent history and finds it wanting.

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