Runtime: 143 minutes
Rated 14A: coarse language, graphic violence
Directed by Kathryn Bigelow
Starring: John Boyega, Anthony Mackie, Algee Smith
Synopsis: From Academy Award winning director Kathryn Bigelow (The Hurt Locker, Zero Dark Thirty) Detroit tells the gripping story of one of the darkest moments during the civil unrest that rocked Detroit in the summer of ‘67. After a report of gunshots prompts the Detroit Police Department, the Michigan State Police and the Michigan Army National Guard to search and seize an annex of the nearby Algiers Motel. Several policemen start to flout procedure by forcefully and viciously interrogating guests to get a confession. By the end of the night, three unarmed men are gunned down while several others are brutally beaten.
The injustice and anger behind it all feels like current reality, even a half-century on, making Detroit urgent viewing regardless of its character-development flaws. -Toronto Star
The film’s struggle against simplification – against the sentimentality, wishful thinking and outright denial that defines most Hollywood considerations of America’s racial past – is palpable, almost heroic, even if it is not always successful. -New York Times