The trial of the Chicago 7 (2020)

Directed by Aron Sorkin

Starring Sacha Baron Cohen, Eddie Redmayne, Joseph Levitt Gordon, Michael Keaton, Frank Langella

I have always found the event of the ’60s and the Vietnam war and those who were opposed to it were a big part of that decade. The movie follows a trial involving 7 anti-war activists.

The movies are about a trial that found activist Jerry Rubin, Tom Hayden, Abbie Hoffman, David Dellinger, Lee Weiner, Rennie Davis, and Bobby Seal. They are charged with inciting riots in Chicago during a democrats convention.

I knew of two of these people through John Lennon. He had them as guests when he was a co-host on the Michael Douglas show. I had no idea about the trial or the specific event. It was a hard time and the government was unfair and violent on both sides.

The movie itself was amazing. I started it late at night thinking I would finish it the next day but I just could not stop. The story is remarkable. It was also frustrating to see the unfair trial they were facing, at least in how it was shown in the film. Mostly the film is in a courtroom but even in that limited setting the film remained interesting and had me glued to the film. What a moving scene when a list of kids that died in Vietnam are being read in the courtroom.

The performances were great all-around. Sacha Cohen impressed me a lot with his performance. Honestly, the actors that played the activists were all great. Michael Keaton had a brief appearance but it was so good and Frank Langella as the prejudices judge was simply a great performance.

The story is interesting and the courtroom scenes are suspenseful and dramatic. I don’t know how the Oscars will work this year, but this one deserves to be mentioned as a contender.

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