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The Trial of the Chicago 7

As part of the Vietnam War and the levy of US citizens, a group of anti-Vietnam War protestors organised riots at the 1968 Democratic National Convention in Chicago, a group known as the Chicago Seven.

Being aware of the four Oscar nominations and excellent critics I had high expectations towards “The Trial of the Chicago 7”. They’ve been surpassed.

It starts with the cast. Sacha Baron Cohen, Eddie Redmayne, Alex Sharp, Mark Rylance, John Caroll Lynch, Michael Keaton, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Frank Langella, Jeremy Strong and Ben Shenkman. Although the film is a historical legal thriller I had to laugh several times due to Sacha Baron Cohen’s Abbie Hoffman. Nevertheless, you always feel the tension in the courtroom where half of the film takes place and the increasingly thrilling and gripping plot. A plot that is based on a true story making this one even better in my eyes because it gives the scenes and the happenings a lot more weight and emotion than a fictional story could.

“The whole world is watching!”

Still, the film needs some time to catch you in the beginning. Aside from that, I wouldn’t know more to criticise in the film. Therefore I can totally understand the Oscar nominations it received and can only recommend it to everyone.