A tense and powerful piece of cinema. Fantastic performances all round aided by a great script. 1 year 6 months ago
With Detroit, Kathryn Bigelow brings the same deft ability to juggle complex, true (but inconclusively proven) historical events she did in Zero Dark Thirty, though I found this film more engaging than her previous effort. The film takes place during the 1967 Detroit riots and culminates in an almost unbearable real-time account of the infamous raid on the Algiers Motel that left several black kids dead at the hands of white police officers. Elsewhere, it is less sure-footed, with a condescending contextualizing sequence, recreations of the riot's events that, at the time, seem more interesting than where the film is actually going (though I concede it provides good emotional set-up), and too much epilogue. The core of the film (the raid and ensuing court case) is gripping, and the level of injustice would be unbelievable if the audience wasn't well aware this kind of thing was still happening in the Western world today. It's a horror show, but sadly, one we've yet to close the curtain on. 1 year 6 months ago
A quite well told story and gave me a real insight to racism in America.
Shame they invented the story to having a starter gun fired at the police. Would have been better to have the shots being fired in the air and the noise resulting in the raid (as actually happened). 1 year 5 months ago