Reviews for Judas and the Black Messiah ( ) 720p

IMDB: 7.5 / 10

A Spike Lee drama, but better

I watched this yesterday so many of the things I'm going to say are coming just from the top of my head.Okay, so the top of my head is: WOW. Kudos to Shaka King for this truly great movie.The movie takes us rapidly through the start, development and downfall of Fred Hampton (Daniel Kaluuya) and, by that, the whole Black Panther party, and how the FBI focused on Hampton form the very beginning.I say rapidly because when Spike Lee made one of his masterpieces, Malcolm X (1992), he took 3h and 20 min. to tell us. Now, even considering Hampton's life was way shorter, the astounding runtime of 2h and 5 min to mix FBI chasing Hampton and the Panthers, O'Neal and FBI relations and even Hampton's history itself.The side story is the romance between Hampton and his fiancée Deborah Johnson (Dominique Fishback).The title couldn't have been more accurate, given the movie is about the betrayal of Fred Hampton by Bill O'Neal (Lakeith Stanfield), a man who ended up admiring the activist, who was exactly the opposite of what the US government was in the 60s.Great screenplay from Shaka King and Will Berson, with efficient techniques and interesting themes (I really think this was a topic that should have been made way before).Good cinematography (not the best of all time, it's not a Deakins or a Lubezki, but it's certainly an 8/10), that allows you to get even more in the revolutionary movements, the betrayal of Bill O'Neal and even the importance of Fred Hampton).A 10 in acting: there are very few films with such an incredible acting ('Whatever Happened to Baby Jane', 'The Master' or 'The Godfather' are other examples). I love how Lakeith is glowing, because he's amazing, and he's going to have a great future. Even though, Kaluuya and Fishback take the stand here as the stars.There's a scene between Kaluuya and Lakeith that gave me goosebumps, and Fishback gives a masterclass of acting on the penultimate scene of the movie.I just have to say everyone involved in this movie, and the movie itself, have a great future.You can't talk about this movie without at least mentioning the next two characters in importance in the movie: Roy Mitchell (Jesse Plemons) and J. Edgar Hoover (Martin Sheen). They both give a good performance in very little time, and show they're really versatile actors (Martin Sheen can be pointed out, given the fact that he has to take the torch from the breathtaking Leonardo DiCaprio in J. Edgar, 2011, and he does it extremely well).Really enjoyable and one of the best movies of the year for me, and I recommend it to everybody.

Well crafted, unique and addictive

When I started watching the movie, I thought it was just a regular movie. As seconds passed by, I felt myself right inside the scenes. Everyone played their roles just so perfectly. Don't think twice. Just watch it.

torn perspective

I'd heard of the Black Panthers but I'd never seen a feature length film about one of them until this one. A clever and devastating approach to the biopic, learning about Hampton through O' Neal who is trying to figure it all out himself, alluding to the tragic perspective of Judas. Although I don't agree with everything Hampton and the Panthers stood for, there is a unique resonance of someone who (even at the age of 21!) was able to build alliances and draw together a coalition of the urban poor across color lines.


As someone who did not know the real events or people this movie was based on, it was an eye-opening experience into what life was like back then. The camera work is rock solid, with genuine tense moments and powerful performances from the main characters.

Watching the events unfold back then brings an interesting juxtaposition to recent events in America. Police brutality rooted in racism is still a reality. People in power with discriminatory beliefs still exists. It made me think about several realities that are still going on today. It made me think about how people in power can easily abuse their position. We like to think regulation is important to keep these people in check, but who's regulating the regulators? People in power can easily hire regulators to maintain the status quo.

And what about crime rates? It disproportionately involves people of color because of centuries of racism that become rooted in the very culture of children born in lower socioeconomic groups. Violence begets violence, and crime begets more crime. We're definitely living in a better time now than what it was like 50 years ago. But we can do better. And nothing is more powerful than educating the next generation about the truth, about critical thinking, and about actively doing what they believe is right.

I have barely talked about this film, but I appreciate that a film like this exists. It allows the viewer into a glimpse of the past, informing the audience about an issue that perhaps they may not understand. It puts us directly into the shoes of a group of people doing what they think is right for their future generation. It is creative works like these that may challenge your world view, and it may help you understand about the struggles and plight of people that are different than you. To that, I applaud the film.

For those who have no idea about the real events like I was, this is a great film to increase your awareness on a subject you might not know much about.

Incredible movie

Moving drama about the struggles faced by the black communities in the 1970s, really gives you perspective of what it was like then, inspired by true events brings an element of connection to reality

Incredible drama

Whilst the plot is definitely familiar, Judas and the Black Messiah is still an incredible drama that's emotional, devastating and relevant. Daniel Kaluuya and LaKeith Stanfield both give phenomenal performances. Dominique Fishback is incredible and Jesse Plemons is great. Shaka King's direction is excellent, it's extremely well filmed and well paced. The music by Mark Isham and Craig Harris is really good.

If it wasn't for them

If it wasn't for those people who fought today's equality and justice system wouldn't be this good. Yes there are a lot can be improved but we came a long way.Good movie about good true story. it worth watching

Stand out, definitely.

It was start at really good way, idk everythings seems really smooth. Especially the cinematography. But as the stories goes it start to become just "good movie", a common good move. it has potential to be great but some just loose after the story got more heat.

All the act was increadeably good. i used to plan give it 7, but somehow that ending credit make some spark.

Black Panther...

"Judas and the Black Messiah" is a Biography - Drama movie in which we watch a man who is an informant of the FBI infiltrating the Black Panther Party. He has to gain their trust and give the information he has to the FBI. His work is very difficult and many times is on the ledge.

I liked this movie very much because it was very interesting, full of suspense and it contained many great scenes. Regarding the direction which was made by Shaka King, it was very good and he created a great mysterious atmosphere that was kept through the whole duration of the movie. The interpretations of both Daniel Kaluuya who played as Fred Hampton and LaKeith Stanfield who played as Bill O'Neal were simply amazing and I believe they elevated the movie. Another good interpretation that has to be mentioned was Jesse Plemons' who played as Roy Mitchell. To sum up, I have to say that "Judas and the Black Messiah" is a great biography movie and I highly recommend everyone to watch it.


The movie succeeds and showing off showing off the struggles African-Americans and the black panther party faced during the times. While several of the scenes are well acted and full of tension. most of the characters are well liked. But the movie keeps it focused on William and Fred as it should. Both Daniel Kaluuya and LaKeith Stanfield offer wonderful performances. The music is well performed. Though despite these great things in the movie I feel that there could've been more scenes that which William and Fred interact with each other to make the betrayal seem more personal. I felt the film doesn't hit that epic standard that other civil rights film such as Malcolm X with Denzel Washington or Gandhi with Ben Kingsley have achieved.

Great story

Interesting story on the black panthers very well made decent acting and very true to the story of the movement.

History that should be taught

This is a very well made film. Well written and phenomenal acting. This depicts a part of history that isn't talked about in schools and people should really know what happened with Fred Hampton. It inspired me to do some more research so I can be more informed.

Solid film.

Big movie attitude, telling a story that wants to be heard. Not enough focus on character development leaves you wanting but the story itself is interesting enough to carry you til the end. Doesnt fill the shoes it acts like it will as the story wanders a bit and doesnt cover things that are more interesting to viewers. I would say its worth a watch and the acting is great.

Judas and the Black Messiah

Judas and the Black Messiah is a richly told story of the leadership, revolutionary activism, and eventual assassination of Black Panther Fred Hampton, and powerful addition to the social revolution films of the 1960s and early 1970s.Seeing history brought to life in a viscerally real and emphatic manner, made the work very compelling to me.

Fred Hampton was killed at the age of 21 on December 4th, 1969. The aggrieved parties would wait well over a decade for justice with a civil suit settlement of $1.85 million in 1982 after an initial coroner's jury inquest in January of 1970 found Fred Hampton's death justifiable homicide.

The writing pulls heavily from historical texts with Black Panther phrases such as "War is politics with blood. Politics is war without blood." King also manages to pose questions about how to make progress as his characters address the concepts of reform and revolution. While the film is set in 1968-69, these issues are still prevalent today. On HBO Max. Do yourself a favor and check it out. You'll be glad you did.

I Loved This Movie

Let me start by saying I was so tired of seeing black movies and boohooing my eyes out. I was worried while I did tear up I didn't feel broken or depressed afterwards. I was hung on every word and scene. I even paused to have a discussion with my husband about the movie. It's powerful, thrilling, heartbreaking, and a really good movie.

What a horrifying but powerful movie.

Judas and the Black Messiah is one of those movies that doesn't feel like a movie at all, but an experience so mesmerizing you feel like you are a reluctant passenger observing real life events.

The acting is just superb. The performances by LaKeith Stanfield as Bill O'Neal and especially Daniel Kaluuya as Fred Hampton were outstanding. I still remember watching Daniel Kaluuya in an early season of Black Mirror, in 2011. It's a joy to watch someone outdo themselves in movie after movie.

The script is amazing. That scene where J. Edgar Hoover (a mostly recognizable Martin Sheen) asks a massively loaded question to O'Neal's handler Roy (played by Jesse Plemons) was beyond tense. Hoover is pure evil.

Judas delivers the most seething social commentary since Blindspotting.

A powerful performance by Daniel Kaluuya, such an intense and amazing biopic about Fred Hampton

This movie can be complementary to "The Trial of the Chicago Seven", and it deepen the story of the Black Panthers party, and how were subject to injustices by the FBI and the Police Department, in an historical time where racism was extremely bad and costed a lot of innocent lives. Such a tragedy, that here is portrayed in a realistic and bloody way. Definitely not an easy watch.

Daniel Kaluuya's performance was simply amazing, he has such an intense energy during stage scenes, and he simply nailed Freddy Hampton characterization. For sure one of the best portrayal of the first part of 2021, he completely captured me. Also LaKeith Stanfield did a good job. Bill O'Neill, a man that in order to run away from crime charges, was infiltrated by the FBI into the Black Panthers headquarters, in order to provide information to authorities and avoid prison. However he will pay a really high toll, and the real guy, not able to handle anymore this weight, decided to end his own life. He was really on a though spot, but the FBI definitely used him to do the dirty job. Unfair agency strategies are very often reported in the film and, even if these are well known facts, it is still disgusting what the USA were able to do, in order to meet their own agenda.

"Judas and the Black Messiah" is very balanced, it never tried to paint Hampton as a hero, director managed to be impartial, by highlighting both negative and positive aspect of the movement: the main objective was definitely noble, but means used were not always orthodox. No politically correctness involved here, and I am happy that WB just let the director tell the story in his own way by presenting real facts. I am extremely satisfied with this movie and I highly suggest to watch it, together with the Netflix original, mentioned at the beginning.

Phenomenal Thriller

"Words are beautiful, but action is supreme."

Judas and the Black Messiah has taken storm since its release. It tells the story of Fred Hampton, Chairman of the Illinois Black Panther Party, and his fateful betrayal by FBI informant William O'Neal. At its release during the Sundance Film Festival this year, I was lucky enough to see this. After seeing almost 30 movies, I felt the fatigue at that point and didn't feel as strongly about the film. I did give it a higher score than I felt initially because I knew that I would like it more had not felt the way I did. Let me tell you, watching this a second time was phenomenal. Shaka King made an incredible piece of work. It exceeds as a thriller. The whole time I felt like I was on the edge of my seat. The scenes are so intense and it's King's great direction. I love how the technical aspects are presented. Firstly, the score is both unnerving and fitting for the time period. The cinematography looks stunning and is shot in a way to make you feel like you're apart of the story. And the editing only helps with the thrill of it. King also wrote the screenplay along with Will Berson. The dialogue is really good. Sometimes with biopics, writers are more focused on the factual aspect that they forget to use dialogue to further develop these characters in a meaningful way. All the characters, or rather real people, had a connection with the audience. And I really like how they don't necessarily take one side to the story. Yes, we're supposed to side more with the Black Panthers, and we do the whole time, but it also shows how it could get extreme sometimes with Fred Hampton's views.

Speaking of Fred Hampton, Daniel Kaluuya is phenomenal. There's no possibly way he won't win the Oscar. This is one of the performances that sticks with you long after watching. He captured Hampton's essence perfectly. Another great performance comes from Dominique Fishback as Deborah Johnson. Her performance is going to make her a well-known actress in the future. LaKeith Stanfield also gives a wonderful performance as always. You can see the conflict in his eyes the whole time. This is just one of the best ensembles recently. There really isn't much to hate here. I had a pacing issue at one point, but the film is stellar. I can't imagine anyone really hating this, unless they have a vendetta against the Black Panthers or something. Even CinemaScore gave it an A. As the Oscars approach soon, I'd hope that this gets the attention it deserves. Though it hasn't been showing up at many awards (other than Kaluuya), it's accessible to all with its release in theaters and HBOMax. Also the reviews have all been positive except just a few. I think Judas and the Black Messiah is one of the best thrillers out there and will be remembered as one of the best of the 2020s.

Lakeith delivers again

Excellent acting, along with a compelling story makes for a great film. Worth a watch

Gut Wrenching

This heartbreaking story blew me away.

Watch this if you can.