In the summer of 1967, rioting and civil unrest starts to tear apart the city of Detroit. Two days later, 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.

Detroit is the newest film from Oscar winning director Kathryn Bigelow.  I think it might just be her best work.  Detroit is a brutal film and expectedly so considering the event it’s based on.  Detroit succeeds because of its suspense and the outstanding work by the cast.  film-still-062017-9

Bigelow’s direction here is beyond superb.  The film feels so real, like you are watching the events play out in front of your eyes.  This is due to the stellar direction from Bigelow and the outstanding work from the cast.  John Boyega and Anthony Mackie both shine but the film never really plays on their star power as it could and that’s a testament to how good the film is.  The cops were all excellently casted as well.  Will Poulter is an absolute revelation in this film.  To be honest I didn’t expect to buy him as police officer at all.  But coming out of the film, I was confident that he had turned in the best performance I’ve seen all year.  So good that I hope to see him receive an Oscar nod for the performance


Detroit is also one of the most suspenseful films of the year.  I had no idea at any point during the main conflict how the film would end.  The film feels like a ticking time bomb that is due to go off any second.  Although towards the end I thought the film became quite dull, and the way that the end events were depicted seemed rushed and somewhat crammed into the last 15 minutes of the film.


Detroit is as suspenseful as it is brutal.  It makes for a tough but yet important watch.  It’s a well made historical drama that keeps the audience white knuckled and engaged throughout.  Despite Kathryn Bigelow’s work on Zero Dark Thirty and The Hurt Locker, I think Detroit is her best work.



GRADE: 9/10

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