Leo Brady reviews “The Trial of the Chicago 7” on AMovieGuy.com

“The whole world is watching!” This is the chant, reverberating across the room from protestors in Aaron Sorkin’s The Trial of the Chicago 7. And hopefully, this is the movie the whole world will be watching when it arrives on Netflix October 16th. In 1968, various political groups, protesting the war in Vietnam, convened on the lawns of Grant Park in Chicago, all with the hope of their voices being heard at the Democratic National Convention. The result was a clash of violence, with protesters and police finding themselves face to face, fighting, leaving people bloody and beaten. As soon as Richard Nixon was sworn in the following year, Tricky Dick’s justice department looked to make an example of those protesting the war, and the hammer was criminal charges to these seven men. There may not be a better time for a movie of this magnitude, with an eerie reflection of our current political climate, done in a full Aaron Sorkin fashion, where the writer/director’s dialogue sings to the audience. The Trial of the Chicago 7 is a courtroom procedural, but it’s much more than that. It’s a look at a corrupt criminal justice system, the conflicting fight for change, the men and women who stood up for the freedoms allowed to us in the constitution, and the battles that American’s still fight today. The Trial of the Chicago 7 is the perfect film of yesterday, today, and of the future.


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