Judas and The Black Messiah (Shaka King – 2021) B+

Very well-made film about the Black Panther’s Chairman Fred Hampton and the FBI informant Bill O’Neil who played a key part in his assassination. Daniel Kaluuya delivers and amazing performance as Hampton and the movie plays like a thriller with excellent pace. It is good to learn a bit more about the Panthers as a whole. They were not as one dimensional as most portrayals of them in movies seem to show. It is also terrible of how Hampton was literally hunted by the FBI and J. Edgar Hoover and how O’Neill -who was 17 at the time- was used/coerced to help.


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