Sunday, August 6, 2017
MOVIE REVIEW: DETROIT
A police raid in Detroit in 1967 results in one of the largest RACE riots in United States history. The story is centered around the Algiers Motel incident, which occurred in Detroit, Michigan on July 25, 1967, during the racially charged 12th Street Riot. It involves the death of three black men and the brutal beatings of nine other people: seven black men and two white women.
Director: Kathryn Bigelow
Cast: John Boyega, Will Poulter, Anthony Mackie, John Krasinski, Jack Reynor, Jason Mitchell, Hanna Murray
Release Date: Aug 4 2017
Genres: Crime, Drama, History
Rated R for strong violence and pervasive language
Detroit is a tense, uncomfortable and incredibly timely film. Kathryn Bigelow’s style of filmmaking is perfectly suited for the story being told. Bigelow’s immersive style leaves like a fly on the wall during the entire ordeal. It’s an intense film that’s anchored by a strong ensemble cast. John Boyega and Will Poulter really shine throughout the film, with some of the films best moments are watching their character’s process and think through situations. Poulter though is the real surprise here since he’s been mostly a comedic actor. Poulter provides the character an unsettling detachment and coldness that’s deeply unsettling. The film loses a little steam after it moves on to the aftermath with the court proceedings and post event stories. I was personally more interested in what happened to John Boyega’s character but the film chose a different direction. It’s a small issue on an otherwise strong film that really shines a light on a dark portion of American history.