Director - Aaron Sorkin
Cast - Sacha Baron Cohen, Eddie Redmayne, Mark Rylance, Jeremy Strong, Frank Langella, Joseph Gordon-Levitt,
Genre - Courtroom Drama - Based on true events
Streaming On - Netflix
Give You Me A Moment, Would You, Friend? I’ve Never Been On Trial For My Thoughts Before
The Trial of the Chicago 7 is based on the infamous 1969 trial of seven defendants charged by the federal government with conspiracy and more following the riots during the 1968 Democratic Convention in Chicago. The film is a period courtroom drama with a stellar cast, who leave no stone un-turned to make it one of the most thrilling legal drama ever to come on the big screen. It builds around the theme ; '60s-era anti-war activists as flawed heroes up against a corrupt bureaucracy.
The film revolves around the trial while showing glimpses of the protest. And builds with every passing minute and by the end of its 2 hour duration, you are left absolutely tongue tied by facts that it puts together. Sorkin builds tension through a series of finely-tuned arguments and monologues while subtly putting focus on America's failings, even as he celebrates the people striving to fix them.
The Trial of the Chicago 7 is not a documentary, thus it takes creative license while retaining the essence of the real life events. Therefore its needs to be dealt with as more of a crowdpleaser that it is and not a history lesson. Leaving some of these knick-knacks here and there, this film is an absolute delight to watch with its cast doing absolute justice to their roles.
JRev: A film that achieve`s exactly what it was set out to do!