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Netflix ups its game - The Trial of the Chicago 7 (2020) - Review

Updated: Nov 19, 2020

In Chicago 1968, the Democratic Party Convention was met with protests from activists like the moderate Students for a Democratic Society led by Tom Hayden and the militant Yippies led by Abbie Hoffman and Jerry Rubin, which led to violent confrontations with the local authorities. As a result, seven of the accused ringleaders are arraigned on charges like Conspiracy by the hostile Nixon administration, including Bobby Seale of the Black Panthers who was not involved in the incident. What follows is an unfair trial presided by the belligerent Judge Hoffman (No relation) and prosecuted by a reluctant but duty-bound Richard Schultz. As their pro bono lawyers face such odds, Hayden and his fellows are frustrated by the Yippies' outrageous antics undermining their defense in defiance of the system even while Seale is denied a chance to defend himself his way. Along the way, the Chicago 7 clash in their political philosophies even as they learn they need each other in this fight.

Netflix is really stepping up their game in creating content for this new world. This retelling of the trial of the Chicago 7 was great to watch. The way Aaron Sorkin writes his dialog is wonderful. He has the right amount of humor, awe and one liners that make all of his movies a must watch for me. This is a strong movie topic, because it talks about the Chicago riots of the 60's. I was very surprised how well this movie held my attention. It was a great find and another hit for Netflix. Worth a watch if you are into political dramas.

Ranking 7.5/10

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