Detroit

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Detroit delivers a gut-wrenching -- and essential -- dramatization of a tragic chapter from America's past that draws distressing parallels to the present.

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In the summer of 1967, rioting and civil unrest starts to tear apart the city of Detroit. Two days later, a report of gunshots prompts the Detroit Police Department, the Michigan State Police and the Michigan Army National Guard to search and seize an annex of the nearby Algiers Motel. Several policemen start to flout procedure by forcefully and viciously interrogating guests to get a confession. By the end of the night, three unarmed men are gunned down while several others are brutally beaten.

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  • Jun 01, 2018
    Director Bigelow again proves to be a master of the realistic depiction of recent historic events with this drama about the Detroit riots of 1967 and racist police brutality that night. While the film takes its time to set the scene and introduce the characters, it's interesting right from the start. Once the situation at the motel gets dire, camera work, editing and the outstanding acting take you right there, taking no prisoners in those incredibly uncomfortable and enthralling 90 minutes. The aftermath will make you just angry, but it's important nonetheless. Just like the realization that this film's events feels oddly current, even though they aren't.
    Jens S Super Reviewer
  • Mar 11, 2018
    From director Kathryn Bigelow comes the provocative historical drama Detroit. While it purports to be about the 1967 Detroit riots, its real focus is on the Algiers Motel shooting in which three racist police officers interrogated a group of motel occupants and killed three black men after tracing sniper fire back to the motel. Starring John Boyega, Will Poulter, Anthony Mackie, and John Krasinski, the film has a solid cast that delivers some strong performances. The storytelling, however, is a little weak as it jumps around a lot without explaining much about the riots. It also takes a decidedly one-sided view, thought there is some effort given to show how frightening and confusing it was for the officers who were thrust into the situation. The costumes and sets are exceptionally well-done, and give a real feel for the time period. Remarkably engaging and controversial, Detroit is an extraordinarily evocative look at police brutality and race relations in the 1960s.
    Dann M Super Reviewer
  • Dec 19, 2017
    Technically proficient, it's tense, and appropriately angry. That said something is lacking. I think perhaps the movie is a bit too long and unfocused to be as great as it could have been.
    Alec B Super Reviewer
  • Dec 05, 2017
    Using a nervous handheld camera and intercutting what we see with real archive footage to create the same documentary-like feel of her previous films The Hurt Locker and Zero Dark Thirty, Bigelow exposes with gripping realism a revolting chapter in American History.
    Carlos M Super Reviewer

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