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Judas and The Black Messiah Movie in Theatres and on HBO Max
Judas and The Black Messiah is now playing in select theatres and will be streaming on HBO Max for 31 days (at no extra cost to subscribers). This highly-acclaimed movie is a real story about Fred Hampton, Chairman of the Black Panther Party, and how the FBI took his life when he was just 21 years old.
Official Judas and The Black Messiah Plot
My Review is 5 Out of 5 Stars
This movie is definitely one that speaks to the world we are in today. It plays like a crime thriller and you won’t believe what happened but there it is – 50 years later and we’re only learning this now.
Chairman Fred Hampton is played by actor Daniel Kaluuya (Get Out, Black Panther) and he is simply mesmerizing in this role. Actor LaKeith Stanfield (Get Out, Selma), plays the lead character William O'Neal – the FBI informant who spied on Hampton. LaKeith's acting is superior as he dives deep inside O’Neal’s struggle to do what’s right or to survive. Actress Dominique Fishback, who plays Deborah Johnson (Hampton's fiancée) is a total discovery, I can’t wait to see more from her.
The movie is an intense dramatization of historical events that exposes the immense racial injustices during the 60s and still to this day. I believe this is a movie that should be watched by everyone as it really does tell the true story about Fred Hampton, his betrayal by William O'Neal, and the truth about J. Edgar Hoover's involvement in Hampton's death.
Sometimes movies tend to adlib or include nonfactual information to reduce the length of the movie or to make the storyline more appealable to all audiences, but not this movie. Director Shaka King and the writers stick to the facts. I honestly do believe that the truth will set us free.
I also believe that director Shaka King is a powerful new voice behind the camera and one that must be heard. I am looking forward to seeing what he has in store for the screen in the future.
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