August 04, 2017

R: August 4th, 2017 | R: 142 minutes | R: R

There is something excitingly invigorating about the fact that Kathryn Bigelow decided to make this film. This year marks the 50th anniversary of the 5-day riots in Detroit, and although the events took place half a century ago, they feel unnervingly relevant compared to America's current socio-political state. Bigelow's docudrama depicts, specifically, the Algiers Motel incident, when a group of police raided the site after reports of a gun shooting after the midnight of July 25, 1967.

During the night, the prejudiced police patrol group comprised completely of white males were lead by patrolman Krauss in murdering 3 black men, and in physically and psychologically torturing 7 black men and 2 white women. As she has shown before in THE HURT LOCKER, Bigelow is a master at creating moments of extreme tension while making the audience feel uncomfortable. JASON BOURNE cinematographer Barry Ackroyd camera action turns frantic as Krauss and the rest start harassing the victims on the grounds that they look for a gun which in reality doesn't exist. Near the location, a black security guard named Melvin Dismukes who was working next to the motel rushed to defuse the tension. Shot like a horror movie, this hatred-filled engagement makes minutes seem like hours while we're exposed to a diminishing picture of race relations in America.

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Rating: 3.5 out of 5

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Can a movie about Detroit, not filmed in Detroit represent the story of the riots of Detroit. I know, that's a mouth full, but before I even saw this movie, I was informed that the movie wasn't filmed in Detroit. This is a strange fact to me. It seems odd that they wouldn't want to film the movie in entirely in the city, or at least the suburbs of Michigan. Alright, I won't comment on this again, just keep in mind that while you're watching this movie, thats Boston, not Detroit.

Now, we already know this movie will have some award buzz. The movie will more that likely be nominated, I'm not sure it should be, but I see the point people will make. At this time, this movie is vitally important. I'm not sure we could do without this movie, now more than ever.

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Rating: 3 out of 5

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Detroit follows the multi-day racially motivated riot that took place in 1967 Detroit, Michigan. As racial tension grew due to more and more people being crammed into a growing and overly populated city, the people of Detroit began to rebel and incite one of the largest riots in US history. As a result of the civil unrest, city and state police as well as the National Guard began to patrol the streets which eventually led to the tragic event of police brutally against the 12 young people that happened at the Algiers motel.

The film opens up with a brief history lesson on what led the tension to manifest into the riots starting with the slave trade all the way to how the Great Migration of the early 20th century led to overcrowding. I thought the director did a great job with starting off this way because it gave more insight as to why the people of Detroit were willing to burn down and rebel against their city.

Shortly after the history lesson, Detroit moves into the actual riots themselves starting with a scene were police shut down a hidden party and start taking the party goers who were not bothering anyone around them to be arrested. People who noticed what was going on started to argue and throw objects at the police and the hostility only grows from there over the next few days. There are slur words thrown around loosely, buildings being burned down, looting, arrests and even killings as the rioting continues.

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Rating: 4.5 out of 5

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