There’s a huge stand promoting the movie Detroit in my theatre but the one thing that stood out to me was the tagline. “It’s time we knew” really stood out for me because I didn’t know anything about Detroit riots in the late 60’s. This movie stands as something you need to see especially in today society. Directed by Kathryn Bigelow, Detroit happens in the summer of 67 with rioting and civil unrest starts to tear apart the city of Detroit. The city becomes a war zone with the police and National Guard with guns in the streets to stop the chaos. The climax of these riots takes place in the Algiers Motel with policemen torturing innocent black men.
An important thing to note if you’re going to see this movie, it’s not an easy thing to see. This isn’t Hollywood glamorizing or glossing over the details just to make a good movie but a very realistic deception of these events. You’ll feel a wide variety of emotions ranging from disgust to pure anger when scenes of officers beating up civilians in the street. The motel incident is unflinching with the events and it will stick with you long after the movie ends. Kathryn Bigelow does a masterful job with the suspense in not only that sequence but the whole movie. Thank god there were only a few people in the theatre because I was a mess throughout the movie.
Kudos has to go to this great ensemble and there’s honestly not just one standout but several. John Boyega was amazing and his character is just so tragic because he wants everyone to get along. He perfectly plays it on his face and should get some consideration when Oscar time comes. Will Poulter portrayal of Philip Krauss made me feel disgusted and angry whenever he was on-screen. That’s a marking of a really good actor who you can make you feel extreme hate for a character because of how they play them. The other big standout is a newcomer, Algee Smith, who was fantastic and hopefully breaks out in the future.
Now again, Detroit isn’t an easy movie to watch but you definitely should see it. As of writing this, the box office isn’t doing hot so go out and support this movie. It will leave you on the edge of your seat and you’ll be blown away by some incredible performances. Also, don’t be surprised if you hear this movie get some Oscar buzz for its acting, directing, sound editing, best picture, and much more. Do yourself a favor and go see Detroit.
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