Review: Detroit, not for the faint-hearted but a film that will stick with you

PUBLISHED: 11:57 25 September 2017 | UPDATED: 11:57 25 September 2017




Detroit marks the return of Oscar winning director Kathryn Bigelow,

Working once again with script writer Mark Boal, the pair turn their attention to the 1967 Algiers Motel incident in Detroit, Michigan.

Set during the racially charged riots of July 1967, Detroit tells the true story of a group of rogue white police officers who respond to reports of gunfire at the Algiers hotel and arrive with aggressive intent towards the mainly black residents of the hotel.

Young British actor Will Poulter plays the ring leader Krauss and is fantastic as the racist patrolman in what could well be a star making performance.

Among the hotel guests are Anthony Mackie’s Vietnam veteran Greene and Algee Smith, who is delivers a beautifully nuanced performance as Larry, a talented soul singer caught up in events.

John Boyega also shows why he is rated so highly with an exemplary turn as security guard Dismukes who, as a black man in a position of authority, is warily distrusted by both sides.

Having successfully introduced both parties and set the scene during the opening section, the second hour unflinchingly focuses on the violence as the patrol men brutality abuse their power.

The recreation of events makes for uncomfortable viewing and is a gruelling experience.

With a two hour 23 minute run time, this film is definitely overlong and does drag in some sections, however the fact that this subject matter is very much in the public consciousness at the moment, makes it all the more powerful.

Detroit is not for the faint hearted, but has an important story to tell and with such great performances throughout this is a film that will stick with you.


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