The Trial of the Chicago 7

A movie doesn’t need a multitude of special effects to dazzle. Character driven stories are just as effective. Emotional dramas and crackling dialogue provide riveting viewing. Having a movie based on real events makes things feel relatable. ‘The Trial of the Chicago 7’ is filled with a myriad of fascinating personalities. Its’ factual background packs more power than any huge budgeted spectacle.

In 1968, the Chicago Seven were a group of anti-Vietnam war protestors charged by the federal government with conspiracy to incite a riot. Among the charged were Abbie (Sacha Baron Cohen), Tom (Eddie Redmayne) and Bobby (Yahya Abdul-Mateen). With the nation’s media glare upon them, the group aimed to protect their freedoms and right to protest against an enormous tidal wave of government interference and polarising public opinion.

Written and directed by Aaron Sorkin, ‘The Trial of the Chicago 7’ is absorbing viewing. Notions of true justice and bias are driven home without too much melodrama. The screenplay presents its case as mundane as a typical courtroom procedural. The fascinating moments derive from the different characters played by a stellar cast.

Although the events portrayed in ‘The Trial of the Chicago 7’ happened over 50 years ago, the themes still resonate. Defiance against government interference in legal procedure is one recently seen several times. The rights of citizens to question and agitate for peaceful change are timeless issues. These push the narrative along at a solid pace providing continual captivating watching.

The battles and freedoms won yesterday by pioneers as those seen in ‘The Trial of the Chicago 7’ are ones many now benefit from. Such people deserve to be remembered with this cinematic depiction doing them justice. It’s a worthwhile movie to be seen for anyone interested in the history of those daring to stand up against an archaic establishment.

Rating out of 10: 8


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