Spoiler Free Review of Detroit (2017)
Director: Kathryn Bigelow (The Hurt Locker, Zero Dark Thirty)
Written by: Mark Boal (The Hurt Locker, Zero Dark Thirty)
Studio: Annapurna Pictures (Joy, American Hustle, Sausage Party)
John Boyega (Star Wars Episode VII)
Anthony Mackie (The Hurt Locker, Captain America: Civil War)
Algee Smith (The New Edition Story)
Will Poulter (The Revenant)
In Theaters: August 4th, 2017
Run Time: 2h 23min
"Detroit" is an outstanding film that will no doubt stick with you for a lifetime.
The film centers around the 1967 Detroit riots, an event that after seeing the film, had me bothered that I didn't even know it had taken place. I was born in 1984 however we WERE taught about the 1965 Los Angeles Watts riots, the Chicago riots of 1968, and I'd lived through the events of the 1992 Los Angeles riots. The aftermath of the Rodney King beating reached me all the way in Atlanta, Georgia. However, nowhere mentioned or heard in schools were the Detroit events that sparked civil unrest in 1967.
I was able to attend an advance screening of "Detroit". I walked into a free movie and walked away having seen one of the most important films of our time. It is yet another reminder of the age old saying "The more things change, the more things stay the same". This film hit me hard. Following the film, I had an emotional response that rivaled that of watching a week of Roots and one sitting of the movie Rosewood. The film will make you laugh at parts and it will make you tear up at others. Even in one of the scenes where outlandish hijinks are afoot, while perhaps not agreeing with the method at which it does so, it will undoubtably make you think. But most of all, as a human, this film will make you angry... or it should make you angry. What the film brings to light is not a black or white problem or an Asian or Latino problem. The mishandling and cover ups shown in this film in some form or fashion affects us all. Black rights are human rights and the violation of human rights were strongly depicted in this film. Rotten Tomatoes has given the film a 100% certified fresh rating and the movie earns every bit of that accolade. There are some tough to watch sequences and even harder to view consequences that leave you with a stark reminder that there is much work to still be done.
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