Detroit is a must-see for anyone serious about knowing our country’s history and understanding why saying black lives, not all lives matter, is so important. After the press screening of this very tragic tale, I literally had to weep for a few minutes. It is so harrowing and timely that while it is a must-see, it is a hard cinematic pill to swallow. I did find it curious that director Kathryn Bigelow, chose to white knight one of the law enforcement participants. I later found out this man was not really on the side of right on the night of the Algiers Hotel murders. I’m living to ask her about that odd decision. I am advising everyone to google the Algiers Hotel murders after you see the film for the facts on that individual. I do not want to give the film away but you will know who I mean.
The cast is pitch perfect, especially Will Poulter. His portrayal of the murderous psychopathic cop, is Oscar worthy and he totally disappears into the role. How can this evil cop be the same kid who played in “Chronicles of Narnia” and “We’re The Millers”? I initially thought the film was a bit too long. But I later realized that it was just the right length to make viewers feel the terror the actual victims experienced. We, the viewers literally relive the horrors of police brutality turned murderous. Its so visceral that, at times, you will feel like you are actually in the hotel on the night of July 25th, 1967.
With so many police murders occurring today and the police walking scotch free, this film is a very timely and a upsetting reminder of how little progress has actually been made in police relations with the black community in 50 years.
(Opened in select theaters and cities on 7/28; opens wide on 8/4)
Plot Summary: 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.
Cast: John Boyega, Will Poulter, Algee Smith, Jacob Latimore, Jason Mitchell, Hannah Murray, Kaitlyn Dever, Jack Reynor
Director: Kathryn Bigelow
Genres: Crime drama
Production Co: Annapurna Pictures