In case you donít know, the film is told with a mix of archived footage and animated courtroom scenes. The courtroom scenes are taken directly from the court transcripts, which makes it that much more interesting. If I had not known that, I would have surely bet that it was fictional, given the outlandish and despicable behavior of the judge presiding over the hearing. I also really liked the animation to tell the story. I felt it was better than having actors try to recreate what happened. Plus, it was mixed very well with the archived footage, so the audience never had a chance to get tired of one or the other.
As far as entertainment value goes, it was a little dry. While watching it, I felt like I was in a history class and that I would be quizzed afterwards. Thatís not a knock on the filmmaker (I think he did very well), itís just that the subject matter was too uneventful to merit a film over 90 minutes. With that said, I was interested in learning more about the events in the film and the people involved were fascinating.
For those that may be sensitive to politically themed films, this might rub you the wrong way. Itís clearly trying to draw correlations, although it never says so, between the election of 1968 and the election of 2008. Despite the political slant, I canít help but feel that our generation has somehow let down the Abbie Hoffmans and Jerry Rubins of the 1960ís.