It is often said that you have to be interested in the past to better understand the present. In his new film, looking at the famous Chicago trial of the Seven, which took place in the late 1960s, brilliant screenwriter and director Aaron Sorkin sheds light on the problems of racism and police violence that still plague us. the United States 50 years later.
Summer 1968. As the United States is torn apart by the assassinations of Martin Luther King and Robert F. Kennedy and President Lyndon B. Johnson continues to send American soldiers to Vietnam, several groups of peaceful protesters decide to join forces to protest at the Democratic National Convention in Chicago. But the mayor of the city refuses to give them permits and the event turns into a riot.
A few months later, the eight leaders of these protest groups find themselves in court, accused of conspiracy. Represented by lawyer and civil rights activist William Kunstler (Mark Rylance), they will face a hostile judge who displays a bias against them. The trial will quickly take on the appearance of a masquerade.
One of the most gifted screenwriters of his generation (we owe him the scripts for the Social network and Moneyball), Aaron Sorkin, signs with Chicago Seven an enthralling legal drama which recounts behind the scenes of this historic trial.
Skillfully constructed, this film, which is proving to be more relevant than ever in the current context, is awe-inspiring with its captivating trial scenes, its tasty dialogues and its breathtaking cast carried in particular by the excellent Eddie Redmayne and Sacha Baron Cohen. A real good political film.
A film by Aaron Sorkin
With Eddie Redmayne, Sacha Baron Cohen and Joseph Gordon-Levitt. Showing on Netflix.