Chicago 10 (2008)
Critic Consensus: Brett Morgan's half-animated, half-documentary film is an arresting, sometimes visionary portrait of the historic and chaotic trial.
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as Abbie Hoffman
as Jerry Rubin
as David Dellinger
as William Kunstler
as Bobby Seale
as Thomas Foran
as Judge Julius Hoffman
as Leonard Weinglass
as Unidentified Yippie
as Richard Schultz
as Paul Krassner
as Robert Pierson
as Norman Mailer
as Reporter 6
as Robert Murray
as Anita Hoffman
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Critic Reviews for Chicago 10
Chicago 10 is that nearly perfect marriage of style -- edgy, different -- to documentary subject: 1968, that seminal year so celebrated in 2008 for changing the America that came after it.
Makes skillful use of documentary footage to relate what happened in the streets of Chicago, culminating in what was routinely described at the time as 'a police riot.'
A vibrant, unconventional documentary about the conspiracy trial of the so-called inciters of the riots that occurred during the 1968 Democratic National Convention.
If nothing else, it's a welcomed alternative to the more straightforward and serious film that Spielberg is likely to deliver.
Given the filmmaker's privileged perspective of hindsight, to notconsider the real-world repercussions of their theater, to not connect the dots between 1968 and 2008 is a squandered opportunity.
Audience Reviews for Chicago 10
I turned this documentary off. How could you fuck this up? Seriously. I tell you how. You mix terrible animation with Rage Against the Machine playing the first five minutes during the set-up of this damned thing. Yeah, the film's about something from the '60s and RATM is playing. NICE CHOICE ASSHOLES! And I couldn't hear a damn thing cuz Tom Morello is SOLOING HIS BALLS OFF and the animation makes me want to cry. UGH!!
This is a documentary about the protest at the 1968 Democratic convention and the trial that followed. This is an important story worth telling, and the actual documentary footage works pretty well, but the film shoots itself in the foot with its animated recreations. The first problem is that the animation in these reenactments looks horrible; it?s a form of rotoscope animation drawn over live actors, but it isn?t done anywhere near as well as it was in Richard Linklater?s films, it looks like something that would have been used in a computer game from 1995. Secondly the voice acting is ridiculous on a regular basis, particularly with the judge whose voice sounded like a mix between Mr. Magoo and Froghorn Leghorn, the facts of this trial are more then enough to feel like a miscarriage of justice, the added effect is cheesy and unneeded. The film uses modern protest songs by the likes of Rage Against the Machine and Eminem, this initially felt out of place, then again the last thing the world needed was yet another montage of 60s civil disobedience to the tune of Buffalo Springfield. I think what the film really needed was some contemporary interviews looking back, six of the ten are still alive and I would have loved to hear their take today.
Entertaining and informative, but lacking depth
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