The Trial of the Chicago 7 movie review - Aussieboyreviews


Honestly, it just simply isn’t enough to describe this well-made courtroom film is excellently written and stable. The Trial of the Chicago 7 is very powerful, packed with award-worthy material.


The infamous trial in 1969 of seven people charged by the federal government with being involved in the uprising of the protests at the 1968 Democratic National Convention in Chicago.

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Movie details

Director: Aaron Sorkin
Cast: Eddie Redmayne, Alex Sharp, Sacha Baron Cohen, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Mark Rylance, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Jeremy Strong
Writer: Aaron Sorkin
Release Date (Australia): 16 October 2020
Runtime: 129 minutes/2h 9m
Genre: Drama, History
Country: USA
Language: English


Themes (M)

The film includes anti-war protests, riots and courtroom action. There are scenes depicting sexual assault and actual footage of riots.

Violence (M)

The film includes depictions of riots and people being beaten and hit with blunt objects, accompanied by blood detail and blood spurt.

Coarse Language (MA15+)

The film contains a use of the word “c**t”, and frequent coarse language including the words “f**k”, “s**t”, “bitch” and “ass”.

Drug Use (PG)

The film contains verbal references to “weed” and scenes in which people are briefly viewed smoking marijuana joints.

Sex (M)

The film contains verbal sexual references to “getting laid” and a reference to the word “f**k” in a sexual context.

mpaa rating

R (for language throughout, some violence, bloody images and drug use)

Aussie boy's thoughts

This provoking and maddening courtroom drama is gifted writer and director Aaron Sorkin remarkably depicting the infamous 1969 trial. Therefore, it’s just simply not enough to describe The Trial of the Chicago 7 as a powerfully-performed, gripping and interesting must-watch, considering all history movies or old significant classics get marked as “must-watch”.

The Trial of the Chicago 7 highlights the trial of eight protesters who are arrested and charged with trying to stir up a riot. Obviously, those audiences who are into courtroom and protest/riot-themed dramas will be expected to tick this off their watchlist after they’ve sat through the entertaining presentation of history involving marvellous actors and numerous elements that are usually well-written, if not award-worthy.

Aaron Sorkin executes a finely constructed opening scene that immediately grabs your interest and pulls you in. The rest of the film features very distracting courtroom action and dialogue. The highly amusing Sacha Baron Cohen, the appealing Mark Rylance and the talented Joseph Gordon-Levitt deliver the greatest and most memorable performances in the entire film. The only flaws concern around some fairly infrequent stiff moments that don’t really matter.

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