Available on Netflix: no
I was looking forward to this film ever since the cast was announced, and I’m so glad it lived up to expectations. Detroit is based on the true story of the controversy surrounding the Algiers Motel incident, when a group of rogue cops respond to a situation with harsh, racist, brutal, and unnecessary means, resulting in the deaths of 3 black men, and brutal beatings of 7 others and 2 white women, during the Detroit riots of 1967. This film stars John Boyega (Star Wars: The Force Awakens), Anthony Mackie (Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Pain & Gain), and Will Poulter (The Maze Runner, Chronicles of Narnia: Voyage of the Dawn Treader). So this is a damn good movie (as you can tell by my rating). From the extremely tense scenes (I held my breath for about a good hour of the film), to every actor’s performance, even the supporting cast. If there’s one thing director Kathryn Bigelow (The Hurt Locker, Zero Dark Thirty) knows how to do, it’s direct extremely tense, relentless scenes with ease, assuming her actors know what they’re doing, and relying on them to carry their parts perfectly. I’m not usually a fan of handheld cinematography, but in this case it really worked, it gave you an extremely claustrophobic sense, and gave the whole film a realistic atmosphere. Really my only issue with the film was the pacing. There’s sections that drag on for quite some time, and then there’s this section in the middle that’s super intense, suspenseful, and brilliantly made that takes up about an hour, but feels like minutes because of how engaged you are, then is fairly laid back until the end (with the exception of a couple really good interrogation scenes). Other than that, this film is overall a really, really great, thrilling film that tells an important story the way it should be told.
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