The Trial of the Chicago 7 (review)

The Trial of the Chicago 7 (review)
The Trial of the Chicago 7 (review)
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When Aaron Sorkin writes and directs a film, you can expect snappy dialogue and compelling drama. That’s the case (pun intended) with this examination of the notorious trial of the men who led the protests against the Vietnam War that turned violent at the 1968 Democratic National Convention. As the title suggests, this is set primarily during the months-long trial with numerous flashbacks to explain the actions discussed. However, this is never a boring courtroom drama. Scenes are short and concise, advancing the story with skill. The performances are top notch with Frank Langella’s judge proving especially despicable. The outrage and conspiracy continually builds throughout the movie to a gripping final few scenes. Ultimately, 50 years later this story resonates with today’s political strife.


4 out of 5 stars (4 / 5)


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