Trial of Chicago 7 brings real-life drama to small screen


Alexander Gomez, Staff Writer

The Trail of the Chicago 7 was directed by Aaron Sorkin and is appearing now on Netflix.
The film informs many viewers of the anti-war protest organizers lead peaceful protests in Chicago in an attempt to show their solidarity, disgust and efforts to end the unfair drafts and war. These peaceful protests were amazingly lead and organized by seven people, including Abbie Hoffman, Jerry Rubin, Tom Hayden, David Dellinger, Rennie Davis, John Friones and Lee Weiner. If you include the leader of the Black Panther activist party then it would eight. I typically already watch these kinds of movies since I enjoy a suspenseful/ drama type movie so this assignment was just an excuse to watch this amazing movie!
“The Trail of the Chicago 7” is a suspenseful and an informative movie. I would even go as far to say that this is an astounding way for students to learn and be wowed about these past events and for teachers to teach in an entertaining format! It does an astonishing job at providing the audience with details big and small.for example,the dates,the events, the tactics, the corrupt system at the time, the people involved, how unbelievable the judge was throughout most of the trail,the thoughts of the defendants, and how serious they were as to give up their own life in a peaceful manner just to abolish the protests.
Another aspect that I simply enjoyed about the movie was how accessible it is. I may not have watched it on the biggest screen screen, but you can watch it anywhere on the go. I would definitely recommend watching this new film when you’re stuck on a long car ride or even if you want something to watch on your free time after school and homework.
Another final thing that I enjoyed throughout the recent film was the actual live feed that was filmed during these real-life events. It just brought all the pieces together. The pictures and real footage just show an exact representation of the actions and consequences dealt for the peaceful protests held during the 1968 Deomcratic National Convention and other important dates throughout the trail as a whole.The rage,the frustration,and contempt are so well shown through the trial.
Overall, if you are looking to watch an informative film, this is definitely one of the ways to go. For people who enjoy historical movies that show the system working against peaceful protests in an aggressive and unfair way then this is a great movie to watch as this is all that is shown in the film.