Judas and the Black Messiah

Judas and the Black Messiah ★★★★½

Anywhere there's people, there's power.

Shaka King's look at the 1969 assassination of Fred Hampton and the infiltration of the Chicago Black Panther organization is raw, gripping and emotional. The story, told through the eyes of FBI informant Bill O'Neal, is completely engrossing, providing a ton of context to the 1960s struggle for racial justice that's still going on today. The performances from Daniel Kaluuya and Lakeith Stanfield are worthy of Oscar consideration. And if I regretted signing up for 6 months of HBO Max after witnessing the trash fires of their other simultaneous theatrical/streaming releases, this film has brought me back into the light. Highly Recommended!

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