Judas and The Black Messiah – Movie Review (Spoiler Free)

Judas and The Black Messiah on HBO Max February 12th

Judas and The Black Messiah is a historically accurate film, that is powerful and insightful to watch during Black History Month. Regardless of what you know about the events that occur in the movie, Writer and Director Shaka King tells an important story about a shocking time in our country. Be prepared to be entertained and educated about the racial inequity that is part of our country’s history that tends to be forgotten.

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FBI informant William O’Neal infiltrates the Illinois Black Panther Party to keep tabs on their charismatic leader, Chairman Fred Hampton. A career thief, O’Neal revels in the danger of manipulating both his comrades and his handler, Special Agent Roy Mitchell. Hampton’s political prowess grows just as he’s falling in love with fellow revolutionary Deborah Johnson. Meanwhile, a battle wages for O’Neal’s soul. Will he align with the forces of good? Or subdue Hampton and The Panthers by any means, as FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover commands?

Daniel Kaluuya and LaKeith Stanfield share the screen equally, both delivering contrasting performances that are brilliant. Daniel Kaluuya charismatically showcases why Chairman Fred Hampton, who wanted to protect, educate, and feed his community, was successful as the leader of the Black Panther organization. Kayluuya’s powerful performance as Hampton puts a spotlight on his range and talent. You can feel his powerful sermons that are delivered poetically behind the podium. LaKeith Stanfield has been one of my favorite actors to watch on the big and small screen. He continues to elevate his abilities in every opportunity he receives, making him one of the rising elite actors in Hollywood. His performance as FBI informant William O’Neal is raw and emotional. As soon as these two are in the room together, you can feel the tension rise, as their characters couldn’t be more different.

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I give Judas and the Black Messiah an 9/10. Inspired by true events, this movie is powerful and thought-provoking. With a strong and talented cast, you will be drawn in for the entire 2 hours. Movies like this are rare to see these days, and should be produced more frequently. You can watch this movie in theaters or on HBO Max.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

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Sean Tajipour is the Founder and Editor of Nerdtropolis and the host of the Moviegoers Society Podcast. He is also a member of the Critics Choice Association. You can follow on Twitter and Instagram @Seantaj.

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