Crime, Drama, Thriller, History
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Kathryn Bigelow
Anthony Mackie as Greene
Ben O'Toole as Flynn
Algee Smith as Larry
Jack Reynor as Demens
John Boyega as Dismukes
Kaitlyn Dever as Karen
Hannah Murray as Julie
Will Poulter as Krauss
John Krasinski as Attorney Auerbach
Storyline: A police raid in Detroit in 1967 results in one of the largest RACE riots in United States history. The story is centred around the Algiers Motel incident, which occurred in Detroit, Michigan on July 25, 1967, during the racially charged 12th Street Riot. It involves the death of three black men and the brutal beatings of nine other people: seven black men and two white women.
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Worth to watch ! Good storytelling with drama crime genre movie !
First, you need to know that this movie is not an action crime movie, but its a crime drama history movie. So it makes this harder to be the movie that liked by the audience. Many people prefer crime movie with action and stunt style, but this movie is different. It based on true event, and believe me, this crime drama movie really blows your mind !

At the first 15 minutes, it shows us some background character, and background story with some documented photo or news that was related to terrible happenings in Detroit. Some people may not know about this event and these facts really helps you to know and understand some background story.

And still, Detroit still gives you many intense scene that makes you curious what will happen next. The interrogation scene with some bad police is really good and with deep emotional feeling. This scene has become one of my favourite in this movie and i like it a lot, but at some point i feel it is too long. The other good scene is at the court. Personally, I always like the court scene about the lawyer vs prosecutor, it really feels like the big war with your mind and words !

On the other hand, i think this movie duration is too long and somehow can be boring if you not really like this kind of movie. And i think it will be better if you add a bit of comedy into the script. But believe me, this movie is worth to watch and gives you a lot of knowledge about the Detroit event.
Great Performances, But A Bit Long
There are many different ways to see Kathryn Bigelow's latest film, "Detroit". The odd thing is that the audience may not be the only ones asking that question. From what the trailer conveyed to me, it is the story of the horrible tragedy that took place during the riots in the city in 1967 at the annex to the Algiers hotel, but from the first twenty minutes it felt like more than that. As the film kicks off, an off-hours club is raided by local police for not being licensed properly by a police force that is seen as corrupt and overly forceful. As the rioting escalates, Patrolman Krauss (Will Poulter) decides that he needs to take matters into his own hands to an extreme. After he is put through an investigation for shooting someone he decides is a looter, he responds to a call of a possible sniper at the Algiers, sparking a night of terror for the people staying in the building. From two young free spirited ladies (Hannah Murray and Kaitlyn Dever) just wanting to have a good time to aspiring singer Larry (Algee Smith) and his best friend (Jacob Latimore) and a Vietnam veteran just trying to get back to normal life (Anthony Mackie), the night gets worse as it gets longer.

Even after the incident completely unfolds, there is another thirty minutes that deal with the legal fallout from that night followed by other ancillary stories that I could see as trying to tell the full story, but at almost two and half hours, it just seemed like it was never really sure which path it wanted to follow. I felt like the events leading up to the main story could have been trimmed back, and even some of the third act as well. The second act is so emotionally draining that anything that came after really did not give me the chance to catch my breath so I could digest the aftermath. I guess the slow pacing that book ended this film combined with the meandering story in those areas are what really took me out of it, which is a bit of a shame given some very powerful performances here from some great actors like Poulter who is so convincing that I fear that there are some out there that will have difficulty drawing the difference between the actor and the character; this performance is THAT good. Mackie is also very good in his limited screen time, but Smith absolutely brings an amazing emotional gambit to the role of Larry. Only having seen him as Ralph Tresvant in "The New Edition Story," this role gave me a whole new respect for him as an actor, and I look forward to where his career goes from here. John Boyega also has a great turn, but I really thought there would be more from his character within the story than there was. If there is one character I would have like to have seen more fleshed out by trimming more from others, it would have been his.

Given that "Detroit" is a late summer release as opposed to an October or November release raises some questions as to the general perception of its award potential given the principals involved (I would like to see Poulter at least get recognized as well as some technical awards like sound design). I cannot say that this is in any way the worst film I have seen this year or even in the bottom half; what I will say is given the keys myself, I may have approached this story differently while making sure its message and heartbreaking story stayed intact.
A very intense and gripping film...avoid reviews labelling it historically inaccurate.
In short, the film was far from a masterpiece. With that being said, it certainly contained an phenomenal amount of tension throughout, and managed to stop my eyes from wondering about the movie theatre.

The reviews that shun the film for being historically inaccurate are completely unfair and some of the points made in them should not even be paid attention to because of how ridiculous they are. In fact, the film specifically states how scenes have been dramatised due to lack of evidence or knowledge in certain scenarios that occurred during the periods portrayed.

Some of these members are rating this film one star, simply based on the historical inaccuracies, but is that the only thing to base such a narratively-rich film on ? What about all other components that should be analysed when reviewing a film ?

A 7 out of 10 is a fair score. Without giving anything away, you will be able to get through this film quite comfortably, maybe finding that it does drag a bit and some scenes could have been shortened (especially the first half of the film). However, overall, a solid piece of film.

Bigelow is good at making a thriller, but not a drama
Kathryn Bigelow is known for her documentary-style camera-work and the creation of an intense atmosphere. This can be seen, either from the early work like Near Dark and Point Break, or from her more recent films such as The Hurt Locker and Zero Dark Thirty. In one word, she is a good director for thrillers.

But Detroit is not a pure thriller. It is more like a period drama. On the one hand, the interrogation in the motel is the thriller part of the film, and without any doubt, it is brilliant. The audience keep wondering what would happen next. On the other hand, the film as a whole is mediocre in story-telling and character development. The setup for the interrogation is unnecessarily too long. Also, the courtroom process after the interrogation is too short. For more than once, Bigelow just simply displays lots of texts on the screen to make up for her unbalanced story-telling. John Boyega's character could have been the most impressive because he is the most struggling one in conscience. Yet it turns out to be untrue due to the limited time and space given to the character.

Overall speaking, Detroit could have been a thought-provoking classic, but it lacks depth in the end. There is no deeper discussion on the cause of the injustice and the impact it is could bring to real life. One real classic period drama is Spielberg's Schindler's List. In this aspect, Bigelow is still one step away from being a great director.

One more thing, Will Poulter deserves a nomination for Oscar best supporting actor, whose performance is the key to the success of the thriller part.
Detroit: Racial Tension in USA
This a powerful and very tense documentary drama, Cert. 15 for violence and language.

Based on true events of the 1967 Detroit riots, where the police and The National Guard are called in to manage the riots and specifically the horrific situation at the Algiers Motel.

One of the guests fires a starting pistol out of one of the motel first floor windows, the police believe this to be a sniper and search the building.

We see the incident escalates when Will Poulter's very brutal and out of control police officer character gets involved. The majority of the action takes place in the corridor and a room of The Algiers Motel. The police lineup, interrogate and torture the guests one by one for a confession of who the 'sniper' is. You will find some of the racially tense scenes hard to watch.

The audience are put in the guests shoes and appreciate their helpless circumstances. During the interrogations some guests are shot (murdered) by the police but the responsible officers are never convicted due to technicalities, makes you realise that U.S. society hasn't progressed very far in the last 50 years. Highly recommended.
Analysis of the art of making a movie
I was expecting to see the genesis of the modern uprising and find deeply the justification of revolution of an unfair and bias existence. I saw nothing. I saw incidents that could happen to anybody white, black, yellow… Director cannot use description of reality to create substance and raise strong feelings and implant in your heart the love of change, you need imagination, escaping from reality and bring the soul of the story with drama, excitement, memorable instances. I gave it four stars not for the story but for the art of making a memorable movie.
This is Detroit. We don't bluff.
This film is s docudrama about the Detroit 1967 riots. It is mostly composed dramatization from eye witness accounts and also includes clips from the era.The film opens with the after hours club raid which fueled the rioting. It didn't include Tiger's Willie Horton appealing to the crowd. It then turns to the incident at the Algiers hotel, focusing on the life of Larry Cleveland Reed of the group "The Dramatics." It ends with a trial over the raid.

The film had excellent acting and I thought the recreation was good, although I have no knowledge as to what happened. Interesting from an historical viewpoint.

BTW the Dramatics hit song "Whatcha See Is Whatcha Get" was released in 1971 and appears to be anachronistic for the 1967 incident.

Guide: F-word. Very brief nudity
Kathryn Bigelow is on a roll. Three classics in a row. This may be the best.
It's fair to say that Kathryn Bigelow is on a roll.

Her last three movies (Hurt Locker, Zero Dark Thirty and now Detroit) have been gut busting horror shows about the human condition.

I love that Kathryn Bigelow sits in the 'male' directors' chair. I love hat she must be and should be a feminist icon, because she does the sort of movies that she makes much better than most men make them.

Kathryn Bigelow likes an explosion, a gun, a death. But her female perspective on this raises it from guts and gory/glory into something higher. Something more profound.

Zero Dark Thirty and The Hurt Locker both took on war as the subject matter. This does too, but it's the war of the races. The war of oppression by white men upon black in the Summer of Love.

Ironic, because this is a film about hate. Racism. Supremacy.

It opens with a short animation that perfectly encapsulates America's fundamental tic. The thing that won't go away. The displacement of race. From the displacement of American Indians to the displacement of Africans to the slave plantations of the Deep South and latterly their displacement into the Northern industrial cities like Detroit.

This displacement, in fact, displaces the white ruling class into the suburbs and that's the start of deep tension and resentment.

We have witnessed this in the UK too, as gentrification of once unfashionable districts has displaced both black and white working classes into modern day ghettos. And it ain't stopping any day soon.

What Bigelow achieves with this movie is a political calling cry to any liberal minded decent human being, regardless of colour or creed. It vilifies the atrocious white police force of late sixties Detroit (Yet, I don't think Detroit itself was much different from other places – there were riots in Harlem for instance and we all know about 1980's LA).

She creates an almost documentary feel that is more 4D than any of the 4D Sh!t you'll see in multiplexes. Because this is for real.

Apart from the relatively well known John Botega (brilliant thank you) her massive ensemble cast is star-free. That's kinda how she rolls.

But each and every one of the 20 or so leads (yes 20) will have had life-affirming, and early career defining, roles in this epic.

But one stands out above all else in this majestic movie.

Will Poulter.

The actual devil incarnate.

Were he real, not an actor, he should rot in hell. But he's only an actor and his performance is surely Oscar worthy. You simply despise this evil racist bastard. And he is unflinching in his evilness. The smirk at the end of the movie almost gets you out of your seat.

This is a truly great movie. A movie that should be syllabus material on any High School history course.

Kathryn Bigelow and her team (especially writer Mark Boal) deserve all the awards that this movie will hopefully receive.
not perfect but still compelling
The thrust of this movie is contained in the lengthy second act within the Algier's Hotel where the Detroit city police confronted several kids with tragic results. There is a third act that follows the legal consequences of those in charge. However, the power of this film is found within that second act. There are some incredible performances from Algee Smith and Hannah Murray (two of the kids in the hotel) and Will Poulter (one of the city policemen). For those, this movie should receive Oscar attention early next year. In addition, the cinematography in many places effectively puts you as the viewer in the middle of the riots helping to build the tension. No doubt, there is a message being sent by this film.

However, it is not a perfect film. The beginning was sluggish to the point of misdirection. It takes a good 30 minutes to engage a few of our main players in the critical phase at the motel. Perhaps, the intent was to build-up to this. It is true, thrusting us into the middle too soon would be equally disorienting. But if you choose to view this film, recognize that much of what you see early on isn't fully needed to pay off the thrust of the film. Secondly, despite my accolades on the acting performances above, some of the dialogue didn't feel natural, but rather somewhat clichéd especially from our city cops attempting to resolve their dispute with the people in the hotel. And lastly, the slow moving and predictable courtroom drama was more than the movie needed.

I was asked by someone as we left our viewing..."Did you enjoy it?" To which I answered..."No, I don't think I was meant to enjoy it...but it is a good movie." It is riveting. It is compelling. It is sad that this history happened as it did. However, there are many times that we may not enjoy something we need to see/hear. Perhaps this is one of those things.

As a post-script--there are some who will say that Catherine Bigelow shouldn't have been the one to tell this story. I am not going to argue that point. I am glad someone did and I DO think she presented a movie that effectively tells a story of our history. I would entertain a different version should that be given to us in the future. Also, there is likely some question as to the portrayal of some of the key players here. Were they accurate to history? Even if not fully accurate, it may very well present a perception of what some have. And perception can and often does become one's reality. To the person attending this movie, recognize this.

B- Mild recommend
Bigelow and Boal deliver again
"Detroit" is an American 2-hour-and-20-minute movie from this year (2017). The director is Kathryn Bigelow and her writer is once again Mark Boal. And while this duo taught us about military life in enemy countries in their last two efforts, this one here is entirely about domestic issues. It is set in the city of Detroit back in the 1960s where serious riots got the entire place out of control. Of course, the issue were race conflicts and the Blacks living in the city center (with the whites leaving to the suburbs) went to the streets to fight for their rights and against discrimination. Let me say a few things here: I am all for equality, but if you are indeed stupid enough to set your own houses and neighborhoods on fire hoping somebody else will build them up for you again, or if you violently attack peaceful fire fighters doing their job, then you deserve all that's coming your way. Same goes for looters. You rob a place, you risk getting shot, no matter if by security, the store's owner or police. So my sympathy with these people is basically non-existent. That doesn't mean that a cop shooting a criminal in the back should go free of course. On the contrary, but he also should not be tried for murder.

With such a complex movie about so provocative issues, it's tough to stick to reviewing the film only without getting in own opinion, but I will try to be neutral now. I personally would say this was better than The Hurt Locker, but worse than Zero Dark Thirty overall. Bigelow got in actors at the Oscars with both previous films, but it doesn't seem too likely here. Will Poulter deserves it though, he was pretty amazing and carried a large part of the film mostly on his shoulders. This includes the magnificent middle part too, easily the best of the movie and that was definitely better than a ***/*****. I am of course talking about the escalation inside the house after the long introduction to the political situation back then and before the interrogations and courtroom scenes. The latter, i.e. the third chapter, was also fairly good and it was all better than the early parts that had me scared a bit indeed that Bigelow may miss out this time. Also about the amazing middle part, it needs to be said that it was a psychological thriller situation as good as it gets and the racism factor was really unimportant there, even if the lead cop played by Poulter may have been a racist. I think he was much more of a sadist to be honest. He respected the black guy from the army a bit, but he would have shot the two girls like everybody else had he gotten no consequences for that.

All in all, this was certainly a good watch. Maybe this film will not get the same amount of awards attention like Bigelow's two previous, but that doesn't make them necessarily worse or anything. Technically and concerning the thriller elements, it was really top-notch and it almost never drags despite the gigantic runtime of almost 150 minutes, which also says a lot. This is a film from back in the day when racism truly was a problem still, even if tolerant Whites were also common. Just look at the 2 young women. People comparing the racial tensions to our time don't understand a thing and they really should be grateful they were not living back then because you really cannot compare. I mean these are the days when we had a Black guy as President and re-elected too. Tolerance is everywhere in the civilized world. Don't even try to say otherwise. Yes racism still exists, in both directions actually, but hate will always exist and it exists at least as significant in other areas like religion and terrorism, a far bigger issue these days that needs addressing now and with all means that help stopping it. Anyway, back to the film: I was a bit surprised how insignificant Boyega's character was really because he seemed major from the title. The music component also didn't do too much for me either, but I can somewhat see why they included it due to the real life references. But the violence as explanation for him never playing in clubs again is honestly fairly shoddy. But these cons are just minor for sure and the positive was more frequent than the negative. This is a film that will have you on the edge of your seat at times. Go see it.