Run time: 129 mins
Aaron Sorkin’s powerhouse drama puts the past on the stand to eerily reflect the politically turbulent world of the present.
Set against the backdrop of the Vietnam War and the political tumult of the 1960s, this is a film thankfully thankfully free from typical 60s counterculture clichés.
Chicago 7 instead artfully and urgently recreates the scene of the federal court hearing against a rag-tag band of political activists alleged to have conspired to incite the infamous riot at the 1968 Democratic National Convention in Chicago. Cutting back and forth between the events of the convention and the subsequent show trial the following year, the raw and unflinching truth behind a shocking abandonment of law and justice is revealed.
It’s a story full of wonderful characters and performers. The history books provided Sorkin with an abundance of charismatic characters including Jerry Rubin (Jeremy Strong) and Abbie Hoffman (Sacha Baron Cohen) who really were larger-than-life figures determined to make a mockery of the legal system.
Aaron Sorkin has long demonstrated his ability to translate political theory into thrilling drama, but here he elevates his game to new heights. (Chris Coetsee)