Judas and the Black Messiah: Shaka King’s account of the relationship between the activist and the informant is a powerful and enraging true story, showing a world that is not so different from dystopian futures. Plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose, almost. The two protagonists make for an intriguing pair of opposing characters, and they are both well-defended by the performers: Daniel Kaluuya is extremely good as the intelligent, charismatic and compassionate radical; LaKeith Stanfield is almost as good as the cowardly, selfish informant. Completing a trio of fine performances is Jesse Plemons, quietly effective as the mild-mannered and ruthless agent. The camerawork of director of photography Sean Bobbitt is dynamic and elegant; Kristan Sprague’s editing keeps the film moving along at a nice pace. Production values are solid.
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