(2020) (LaKeith Stanfield, Daniel Kaluuya) (R)
- QUICK TAKE:
- Drama: To avoid prison, a thief is forced by the FBI to infiltrate the local chapter of the Black Panther Party.
It's 1968 Chicago and Bill O'Neal (LAKEITH STANFIELD) is a car thief who makes the mistake not only of being caught, but also of having impersonated a federal agent during that criminal act. His FBI handler, Roy Mitchell (JESSE PLEMONS), informs him of his two options. He can either serve time in prison or he can infiltrate the local chapter of the Black Panther Party as an undercover informant.
FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover (MARTIN SHEEN) has deemed the Panthers a direct threat to the U.S. and white America's way of life, and has set his sights squarely on the rising star and leader of the local chapter, Fred Hampton (DANIEL KALUUYA).
While also working to feed the poor and enacting other similarly non-controversial social reform, he believes revolution is necessary to combat systemic racism and has devoted followers including the likes of Judy Harmon (DOMINIQUE THORNE), Jimmy Palmer (ASHTON SANDERS), Jake Winters (ALGEE SMITH), and new-to-the-fold Deborah Johnson (DOMINIQUE FISHBACK), among many others.
As Bobby contends with the powers that be trying to mitigate his actions and silence his calls for change, Bill continues to work for Mitchell, knowing full well he's risking his life should any of the Panthers learn what he's really doing.
- WILL KIDS WANT TO SEE IT?
- They might if they're interested in the true story or are fans of anyone in the cast (mostly likely older teens in both cases).
- WHY THE MPAA RATED IT: R
- For violence and pervasive language.
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