We wont lie. We greeted the news of this with an eyeroll or two. It’s not the subject matter so much as the storyteller – or rather, it’s the combination of the two. We just can’t help assuming that Aaron Sorkin telling the story of the Chicago 7 sounds like it could become rather bloated on its own self-importance. And the fact that it’s coming out now, while the country is going through a larger, broader, more sustained period of civil disobedience and protest during a presidential election year, makes us question whether he will be capable of telling the story of the ultimate in Baby Boomer youth movement protests that manages to bridge the gap with the ultimate in Millennial/Gen-Z youth movement protests currently happening. There’s a line to draw connecting these events, and this film, which was made before the current wave of protesting surged, has the unenviable task of drawing it at this time. Sorkin’s nothing if not savvy, however. And you certainly can’t argue with the cast. And we have to admit, the trailer makes it look pretty great.
Sorkin’s really going to have to nail the dismount on this one, but we can’t imagine not checking it out when it drops.
Release Date: In Select Theaters September | On Netflix October 16, 2020
Director/Writer: Academy and Emmy Award Winner Aaron Sorkin
Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Sacha Baron Cohen, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Michael Keaton, Frank Langella, John Carroll Lynch, Eddie Redmayne, Mark Rylance, Alex Sharp, Jeremy Strong, Noah Robbins, Danny Flaherty, Ben Shenkman, Kelvin Harrison Jr., Caitlin Fitzgerald, Alice Kremelberg, John Doman, J.C. MacKenzie, Damien Young, Wayne Duvall, and C.J. Wilson
What was intended to be a peaceful protest at the 1968 Democratic National Convention turned into a violent clash with police and the National Guard. The organizers of the protest—including Abbie Hoffman, Jerry Rubin, Tom Hayden and Bobby Seale — were charged with conspiracy to incite a riot and the trial that followed was one of the most notorious in history.
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