(2020) (Eli Goree, Kingsley Ben-Adir) (R)
- QUICK TAKE:
- Drama: After winning the world heavyweight championship, Cassius Clay is joined by Malcolm X, Jim Brown, and Sam Cooke as they discuss being black in a white-dominated country and their roles of being famous dealing with that.
It's 1964 and Cassius Clay (ELI GOREE) has just defeated Sonny Liston to become boxing's heavyweight champion of the world. After his victory, he joins his friend and mentor, Malcolm X (KINGSLEY BEN-ADIR), along with football legend Jim Brown (ALDIS HODGE) and recording superstar Sam Cooke (LESLIE ODOM JR.), to celebrate. But what the men don't realize is that Malcolm wants them to discuss their roles in furthering black equality in America as famous men, with Sam and Jim also not realizing that Cassius is about to convert to Islam.
With Nation of Islam bodyguards Kareem X (LANCE REDDICK) and Jamaal (CHRISTIAN MAGBY) guarding the door of their Miami motel room, Sam and Jim react to the lack of a party atmosphere along with Malcolm's insistence that they, along with Cassius, use their fame to further the cause. All of which leads to tension among the men who end up in that conversation with differing viewpoints.
- WILL KIDS WANT TO SEE IT?
- They might if the notion of those notable figures being assembled in one film sounds enticing, especially as related to the fight for racial equality.
- WHY THE MPAA RATED IT: R
- For language throughout.
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