The story of 7 people on trial stemming from various charges surrounding the uprising at the 1968 Democratic National Convention in Chicago, Illinois.
Aaron Sorkin writes and directs this refreshing story based upon the turmoil in the late 1960’s in Chicago. As he plunges us back in time and reminds us that we haven’t traveled very far regarding race, equality, and corruption within the political system, the all-star cast brings the complicated and jaw-dropping story to life. From start to finish, the stakes are high as is the pacing of the film, keeping you glued to every scene and word uttered. To tell this intricate and layered story, flashbacks and creative editing are used with painstaking precision which augments not only your understanding of the events, but also the characters involved. And each of these characters are perfectly cast with Joseph Gordon-Levitt as the clean cut, by the book attorney struggling with his charge, Mark Rylance as the jaded yet hopeful defense attorney, Frank Langella as the hateful and prejudice Judge Hoffman, and no relation to this man is Abbie Hoffman played by the incomparable Sacha Baron Cohen. The cast is Hollywood’s finest and the result is one of the best films of the year. And with the storytelling style, direction, acting, and accurate depiction of the era, it’s not only entertaining and informative, it’ll make you think about where we are now.
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