The Trial of the Chicago 7 (2020)
IMDb rating: 7.6/10
Rotten Tomatoes rating: 94%
What was intended to be a peaceful protest at the 1968 Democratic National Convention turned into a violent clash with police and the National Guard. The organisers of the protest, including Abbie Hoffman (Sacha Baron Cohen), Jerry Rubin (Jeremy Strong from Succession), Tom Hayden (Eddie Redmayne from The Theory of Everything) and Bobby Seale (Yahya Abdul-Mateen II), were charged with conspiracy to incite a riot and the trial that followed was one of the most notorious in history.
This movie reenacting the events that led up to the trial, as well as the trial itself, was written and directed by Aaron Sorkin (The Newsroom), and critics are unanimous in their approval of his work on this: The New York Post writes, “Sorkin, who’s unmatched in his ability to write debates and speeches, manages to freshen up those old benches, robes and gavels.” Reelview says, “In his screenplay, Sorkin does a masterful job of picking through months of testimony to find significant exchanges that speak a universal language about the corruption of power and the desire to silence opposition voices.”
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