The Trial of the Chicago 7

Director: Aaron Sorkin
Year Released: 2020
Rating: 3.0

Seven Anti-Vietnam War protestors - including Abbie Hoffman (Sacha Baron Cohen), Tom Hayden (Eddie Redmayne), Jerry Rubin (Jeremy Strong) - and Black Panther Bobby Seale (Yahya Abdul-Mateen II) get arrested and placed on trial for allegedly encouraging riots in Chicago, which led to the police beating on several people, which seems to be a timeless element to that profession.  While this very subject has been gone over in other projects, Sorkin brings his West Wing-style from television with him to the "big screen" - so you get walking, talking, bantering - which might irritate some, but I like how he covered all the major points of the case and kept it nicely-paced and free-flowing - even the flashbacks are well-integrated into the storyline.  The cast, however, is the real reason to watch: Cohen's attempt at a Boston-LA hybrid accent is distracting, but Abdul-Mateen's Seale is justifiably angry (he gets physically gagged later on) and I appreciate the calm, quiet way Rennie Davis (Alex Sharp) brings up valid points throughout.  It also reminds everyone that despite his antics, the troubled Hoffman was razor sharp: these were not dumb men, and their story, as we can see in 2020, is regrettably timeless.