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Judas and the Black Messiah Rated 15

Judas and the Black Messiah

Dir. Shaka King. USA, 2021. 2h 6m. Starring Daniel Kaluuya, Lakeith Stanfield, Jesse Plemons, Dominique Fishback, Darrell Britt-Gibson, Dominique Thorne, Martin Sheen.

Recently enlisted FBI informant William O'Neal infiltrates the Illinois chapter of the Black Panther Party to gather intelligence on the charismatic civil rights leader Fred Hampton. As O’Neal grows closer to Hampton and the Black Panther cause, his previous agreement with the FBI becomes harder to stomach. Shaka King's visceral examination of racial injustice in 60s America features electrifying performances by LaKeith Stanfield and Oscar-winner Daniel Kaluuya (Best Supporting Actor).

‘As the tragedy unfolds, the confidence and style of King’s filmmaking doubles down…There is breathtaking tension and a sense of devastation that is, at times, almost unbearable.’ ★★★★★ Leila Latif, Little White Lies

‘It’s Kaluuya and Stanfield — two actors who seem destined to be hailed for career-best turns with every subsequent project — who make “Judas and the Black Messiah” such an incendiary watch.’ ★★★★★ Kate Erbland, IndieWire