“Detroit” Review ✦✦✦✦✧

13 August, 2017

Director: Kathryn Bigelow
Screenwriter: Mark Boal
Director of Photography: Barry Ackroyd
John Boyega, Will Poulter, Anthony Mackie

Synopsis: A brutal account of an unforgettable night during 1967 Detroit riots when a group of lively motel guests were viciously assaulted by a team of armed police officers whose racial prejudice resulted in a number of unlawful deaths.

Detroit Review:

A “Dog Day Afternoon” thriller about escalating mayhem and misguided morals, “Detroit” is a sorrowful account of events tarnished by the corruption of law enforcement as interrogation tactics led by those with power and control exposes a flaw in the heart of a mismatched society. Established through the character-based dramatics of Oscar-winning duo Kathryn Bigelow and Mark Boal, the film plants a concise and gripping drama at the centre of complete inner-city mayhem, separating the good from the bad as an avoidable chain of events spirals out of control.

Laden by the weight of history, “Detroit” lands a kick to the diaphragm, presenting authority figures at their most callous and sadistic as abuse of power leads to small-scale hysteria while opening the door to irreversible violence. Hard to stomach but crucial to witness, Bigelow superglues viewers to their seats, rendering her most sympathetic characters utterly helpless in the face of danger as victims stand with their hands on their heads and their faces to the wall while genuine terror paints the faces of those waiting in line to take a bullet.

As a historical rendering of a true event which failed to provide answers or swift justice, “Detroit” sits in the gut like undigested meat, staying present for hours beyond its runtime as the harsh reality of its story sinks in without a sentimental aftertaste. While the film may seem as unforgiving as that which it presents, Bigelow underscores the deplorability of cowardice and cruelty by glancing in the most shameful of directions, offsetting evil with righteousness in scenes written to commiserate the innocent and detest the accountable.


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