The Trial of the Chicago 7

The Trial of the Chicago 7

Go, get to Netflix now and watch The Trial of the Chicago 7. This movie is very much in line with today’s political climate. The Chicago riots during the 1968 Democratic Convention where protests took place over the Vietnam war. This movie has a all-star cast with notable names such as Sasha Baron Cohen, Joseph Gordan-Levitt, Frank Langella and Michael Keaton. The primary plot of the movie is in the title except for one problem, there’s 8 of them. I know, you’re confused and now you’re thinking I’m a liar and should it be called the Chicago 8?

The 8th individual that was on trial wasn’t even at the protests. Bobby Seale, a member of the Black Panther Party, played by Yahya Abdul-Mateen, was put on the trial to make the 7 appear guilty. He is mistreated by the judge and never given a fair chance. That’s all I’m going to give you.

What you’ll witness is the most one-sided trial by a judge that is in the pocket of the DOJ. This is about how the government and local police in Chicago use violence to try and shut down the right to protest.

This has a strong message of protecting your right to protest and the First Amendment. These individuals are no different than the protests you see today in the sense that they are standing up for unfair treatment. In the case of the Chicago 7, it’s not from police officers but from the government forcing young men into a lotto to be drafted into a senseless War. As you see the trial progress you see how no matter what the defense attorney says to prove their innocence, they were never going to be found innocent. The sad part is they never even committed a crime they were just picked out because they were designated due to being the leaders of certain groups or organizations a protester.

There’s a lot of good acting in this movie and especially by Sacha Baron Cohen. With this upcoming Borat sequel this is a completely different route for him and really good to see him in something other than a comedy.

You have to watch it. It was meant for theater release by Paramount but sold it to Netflix due to Covid. I’m glad it made its way to Netflix because it’s a must-see movie that people don’t have to wait for theaters open up again to see this great flick.

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