Film Preview: The Trial of the Chicago 7 (2020)

Film Poster

Page Revisions:

(September 20, 2020) Original
(September 27, 2020) New Trailer (#2)

Release Date:

October 16, 2020


From IMDb: “The story of 7 people on trial stemming from various charges surrounding the uprising at the 1968 Democratic National Convention in Chicago, Illinois.”

Poster Rating: C+

Review: Lots of lettering and a balanced perspective, this rock star-esque concept doesn’t quite work.

Trailer Rating: B / B

Review: (#1) There are some decent suggestions of interesting ideas going on in this film, but the whole seems intent on setting things up for those already familiar with the Chicago 7 case rather than presenting something worth while for those not familiar.

(#2) Trying to change things around, the second trailer gets more into the heart of the courtroom drama at the center of the film rather than the protests outside of it. This presents the film in a slightly different tone, but it doesn’t feel like a wholly other film as a result.

Oscar Prospects:

Aaron Sorkin’s new courtroom drama about a court case against the Chicago 7 sounds like the perfect vehicle for several Oscar nominations, though his last directorial effort wasn’t that impressive. Lack of competition could put it into play.

Trailer #1

Trailer #2


Poster #1

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