Detroit
Year:
2017
Country:
USA
Genre:
Crime, Drama, Thriller, History
IMDB rating:
7.6
Director:
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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Reviews
It Hurts The PC Police, But It's On The Nose
Yes, I've read the reviews from the Gen Xers and the Millennials who all doubt the accuracy and want to believe this is some alternate universe, but this is it. This is what it was like. This is what it was like when I was activated during the riots when Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated. This was what it was like when I was activated during the Nashville prison riots. I hate to rain on your delicate sensibilities, but this is ~precisely~ what it was like. A disturbing look at the times, but an accurate look at the times. These actors and the director captured it PERFECTLY. I am blown away at how realistic and factual this film nailed it. Folks think it was only the South where racism existed and they're dead-ass wrong. Racism was worse in Detroit, Boston, and St. Louis than it ever was in the South. Want to argue about this? Unless you've got a time machine, don't waste your keystrokes because you don't know what you're talking about.
2017-12-03
Disappointing: Not The Actors' Fault
Let me be very clear; the actors in this film are top-notch, but they were directed and handed scripts by amateurs. The writing is horrendous, and as another astute reviewer noticed (Mr. Crowford), this film was not realistic in the time frame it was supposed to be in. In addition to the authenticity issue, I found the stereotypes of whites in the film to be offensive, although mildly amusing. Of course, we are used to seeing stereotypical black characters portrayed in several films, and we usually recognize them when they appear. One token "good" police officer does not get the job done for accuracy. There were several dozen white (and black) officers hurt during these riots; not one of their characters were examined.

The actors do the best they can with the very shallow script, and I was impressed with several of them, but they sounded like kids at a high school play in several scenes because of the script and indecisive directing. This film could have been so much better, but when political hijacking takes over good filmmaking techniques, it usually results in an inferior product.

Arthur H Tafero AskMrMovies
2017-08-13
For anyone who's been waiting to see the True Facts about Detroit's 1967 Riot . . .
. . . DETROIT is NOT your movie. However, if you want to see the finest example yet of the dangerous Alt.Left Propaganda Machine (about which Leader Trump warned us during his Trump Tower News Conference yesterday, 8/15/17), DETROIT is your ticket. There's about a 50-50 chance that Director Kathryn Bigelow's False Flick will inspire the Third Major Detroit Riot in 75 Years this summer. A well-known national corporation recently assigned me (due to my Rep for fearlessness) a trouble-shooting task involving me driving down literally every inch of paved street contained within this so-called city's 39 square miles. Soon my catalytic converter was sawed off my vehicle while parked on Seven Mile Road in BROAD DAYLIGHT! When I stopped for gas nearby a little later that afternoon, a loitering thug (who looked like one of the lead cast members of DETROIT) threatened to kill me as I tried to Pre-pay while he was urinating on the OUTSIDE of the station's front wall! That was just Day One. (I'll probably write a book about the rest of this assignment soon.) Arson and looting remain the Primary Occupations of many if not most Detroiters, and Detroit's local Metro Times newspaper documents a populace continuing to seethe with the Seeds of Violent Insurrection being stirred up by Alt.Left screeds like DETROIT. Director Bigelow inexplicably tries to Fan the Flames of Civil Unrest by cherry-picking a few historical facts and Detroit Landmarks to sprinkle into her made-in-Boston concoction of Disinformation. (Obviously, SHE thought that HER personal safety would be compromised IF she kept her cast and crew among the Ruins of Today's Real Life Detroit, losing THEIR catalytic converters and being threatened with THEIR own deaths by thugs urinating on the fronts of businesses in broad daylight!)

The opening minutes of DETROIT are chock full of factual errors, giving perceptive viewers a clear warning that whatever follows is a collection of Fake News and Misinformation diligently massaged by Director Bigelow and her Hench People to rouse up, bamboozle, and exploit the Young, the Prejudiced, and the Ill-informed. For instance, Bigelow indicates that a Detroit Tigers home baseball game is taking place on Day Three of the Riot (that game was actually postponed). She also pictures the Supremes performing at Detroit's Fox Theater that same night (patently Untrue!). Bigelow flagrantly invents scenes showing BOTH Michigan's State Police AND America's National Guard fleeing Detroit's Algiers Motel as yellow-bellied cowards in the face of a single Detroit rogue cop. She besmirches the esteemed memory of U.S. Presidential Candidate and Michigan Governor George Romney by editing an archival footage clip to make him sound like a total idiot. She shows John Conyers, a Rabble Rouser in Congress from Detroit Then and Now, but neglects to reveal that it was bozos such as Big John that forced Michigan to carve itself into unwieldy jigsaw puzzle piece Congressional Districts to minimize that harm done to America by Conyers and his ilk to just one-third of what DETROIT's deplorable demographics would otherwise produce.

You've got to give DETROIT director Bigelow kudos for so effectively stirring up the Alt.Left by ripping apart the scar tissue over old wounds. It puts one in mind of that Great Propaganda Piece by ANOTHER female movie director, Leni Riefenstahl (aka, "Hitler's Videographer"). Though Ms. Riefenstahl's TRIUMPH OF THE WILL set new standards for epic film-making, it also started World War Two, resulting in 100 million deaths (including those of 6 million Jews). Hollywood doubtless will shower its Alt.Left darling Ms. Bigelow for her Racist Hatchet Job with a slew of Oscars. Let's just hope that DETROIT's death toll does not surpass the tally racked up by TRIUMPH OF THE WILL.
2017-08-16
gripping drama but poor history of the Detroit riots
All filmmaking is exploitative. Whether it is fair or not will depend on many things, one of which is the respect shown for the film's subject matter. Many movies are marketed as fact-based but really only exploit history to create entertainment. This is the case with Detroit (2017): a gripping drama but a poor historical account of the worst public disorder in the US since the Civil War.

Understanding the broader context is important. The Detroit race riots were part of a national wave of civil unrest that swept America in 'The Long Hot Summer of 1967'. There were 159 documented riots across a nation mired in a long history of slavery and systemic discrimination against its African American population. Detroit (2017) compresses the painful history of American racism into a few minutes of simplistic animation followed by archival footage of widespread racial unrest, burning buildings, mass protests, and police confrontations. Most of the two and a half-hour film then presents a prolonged dramatisation of a single episode of police brutality that occurred after the raids that triggered the riots.

The early part of the film shows a number of sub-stories coming together as a result of the raids. In the midst of the chaos a group of fleeing African Americans are detained and interrogated in the Algiers Hotel after what was believed to be sniper fire on police and national guards. The handful of police are led by officer Philip Krauss (Will Poulter) who is already under threat of a murder charge after shooting a looter. He is sadistic in his methods. The suspects are kept facing a wall while one by one he applies terror tactics to make them inform on the so-called sniper, even staging fake killings to maximise panic. It is an agonisingly long and repetitive process, during which deliberate and accidental fatalities occur. The film concludes with a brief account of the courtroom drama in which the white officers face a white jury for a predictable outcome.

Viewers hoping for a balanced picture of the Detroit race riots of '67 are unlikely to be satisfied. Instead of looking at the climate of hatred for black people, the film presents a 'bad-apple' account of one psychotic policeman with a taste for torture. The portrait of cruelty is performed to perfection. Poulter fills the role with callous indifference to pain or fear and it is his cold- blooded performance that drives the tension curve to its inconclusive finale. While there are many strong performances by others, this is virtually a one-man tour-de-force portrait of right- wing white supremacy.

This film is entertaining if you have a taste for prolonged violence. Others may feel that the Detroit riots are being exploited and that racism deserves more respect than a tale of a lone psychotic. A redeeming feature is its timing. It arrives half a century after the depicted events, while alt-right forces of the world are again on the march. Detroit reminds us how ugly civilisation can be.
2017-11-15
Important social issues, but film gave me headache and motion sickness
"Detroit" (2017 release; 143 min.) brings the story of the Detroit riots. As the movie opens, we get a 2 min. animated intro as to how events starting with the Great Migration around WWI eventually led to "today", which the movie reminds us is "July 23, 1967". When the movie gets going, an unlicensed club is raided by the Detroit Police, and it's not long before the mostly white cops beat up the mostly black patrons of the club, Things get out of hand pretty fast after that, and before we know it, the city is ablaze, the National Guards are called in, and a state of emergency is declared...

Couple of comments: this is the latest film from critically acclaimed director Kathryn Bigelow. I adore her most recent work (The Hurt Locker; Zero Dark Thirty), and hence had high hopes for this movie. Here, working from a scrip by frequent collaborator Mark Boal, Bigelow intends to bring us what happened during the riots in Detroit exactly 50 years ago. For sure there were a lot of things that went wrong, on both sides, and hence these are important social issues that merit, indeed need, attention and discussion. It is then all the more regrettable that Bigelow chose to make the film the way she did. Almost from the get-go what we see and experience on the big screen is an incessant use of hand-held cameras (and shake them a bit for good measure). That, in combination with the all too frequent extreme close-ups, make for almost impossible viewing over an extended period of time. Let me just admit it right here and now: I made it through half the movie (70 min.). Realizing that yet another 75 min. was to come, and that I had a headache induced by watching the film, as well as possible motion sickness, I simply could not carry on and bailed. When it becomes that painful to simply watch a movie, there is a problem. And I was not alone. A woman 2 seats from me also bailed, and only after half an hour...

"Detroit" expanded nationally this weekend. I went to see it with a couple on Sunday late afternoon here in Cincinnati. Even though the couple stayed, afterwards I got a text from the guy saying "my wife essentially got sick", but he felt it was a "great, great, great and important movie." I responded back that I was glad he liked it. He in turn replied "I appreciated and respected it... 'liked' would be impossible". Case closed.
2017-08-07
Terrifying
Detroit is not an easy film to watch, lots of violence and racism with certain scenes that will make you blood boil. It is a very gripping viewing experience despite the film being over 140min long. The acting from everyone involved was commendable as well.

Racism and police violence in Detroit at that time are a fact and there is no point denying that. Everything reached a boiling point with the riots. Looting and destroying public property is not the right answer, neither is the inappropriate response from the police. Detroit shows a specific event during the riots. The white police officers are shown as cruel and terrible people and black people and two white girls are the victims which is absolutely correct in that case. It is important not to fall under the influence of stereotypes or generalisation when watching this. Some will say Detroit tried to show white police officers too negatively. The ones in this film rightfully deserved it. Despite some dramatisation, it is the truth. Detroit is not trying to generalise here, the race does not define whether a person is good or bad, that is within people, no matter what they do or where they come from. But in the event shown in the film, white did abuse the black, racism was present in those times and is still present today all over the world. There is no use in pretending otherwise.

I would recommend the film but see it with an open mind.
2017-12-01
Detroit Packs a Powerful Punch and Leaves You With an Ugly Lasting Impression
*Minor Spoilers Ahead* After the animated introduction (which I won't spoil the content of) Detroit begins in the city of Detroit, 1967. A party is being held at a backroom bar for the return of a Vietnam veteran. The cops break up the party but a crowd gathers of mostly African-Americans. The cops are almost exclusively white but all the patrons being rounded up are African-Americans. Instead of trying to explain their actions, the cops are quick to move on from the scene. Someone throws a bottle at one of the cops and the looting begins. Unfortunately, the 12th street riots are underway.

Even having watched some really gritty movies lately (Shot Caller and Dunkirk) I still had to admire how Detroit drops you right in the middle of this tumultuous period of Detroit's history. The action is in your face and they don't shy away from the brutality. Although Detroit feels firmly grounded in reality, the movie does have a sense of style. The beginning has an animated segment that isn't pretty and they use it to drive home the hopelessness of the situation. It certainly does the intended job. While the action does hit home, the shaky cam did push the envelope and there were a couple of times I wish they had stayed a little more static. There were some quick moments where the camera could cause a little motion sickness.

Addressing the elephant in the room, Detroit was given the green light because a lot of these issues are still stuff many people grapple with on a daily basis. Its not something that people like to discuss but that doesn't mean that it doesn't take place. One of the things that surprised me about Detroit is that they don't force a ton of comparisons to the present day upon the audience (Free State of Jones was an example of something like that). The horror of the material speaks for itself and they didn't need to jam metaphors about how times haven't changed down our throat. These problems do exist and hopefully this movie will help some people come around on those issues but the story is completely self contained and I actually appreciated it for doing that way. They trust the viewer to draw their own connections and it isn't common to take such a mature approach.

Detroit dips its toes into a couple of different genres but where it works best is when its in the thick of this terrible situation. It is an engrossing and tense thriller. This movie is so hard to watch, a couple of people left the theatre and I honestly couldn't blame them. Things get downright brutal and where some stories play with some of the characters having ambiguous motives, this is not one of those. The villains are disgusting and their behaviour is downright heinous so there isn't a question of who your rooting for. Every turn the story makes, things get nastier but you can't turn away.

Detroit's cast is well rounded and there is definitely some excellent acting from everyone involved but 1 person kind of steals the show. Will Poulter is the villain of the piece as Krauss and he puts on a show that rivals Michael Fassbender in 12 Years a Slave. This feels like a coming out performance for him, his character is so detestable but I have to tip my hat to him. John Boyega gets top billing as Dismukes and he handles the material well but this was more of an ensemble. I was also surprised that Anthony Mackie made an appearance, he's one of the more accomplished actors in the cast but he's in a supporting part. He acquits himself well though. Algee Smith and Jacob Lattimore are both excellent as Larry and Fred. Hannah Murray and Kaitlyn Dever are also really good as Julie and Karen respectively.

If I had one complaint about Detroit (other than the fact that the subject matter is super depressing) is that by the time you get to the end of the movie, it does begin to drag. This is a long movie and I get why they had to include so much but I was hoping for a quicker resolution when we got past the 2hr mark.

Detroit was always going to be a controversial movie but the movie steers into the skid. I more or less fall on the critics' side, this movie has a tight story that is more topical than we would like to admit. I can't verify if it's 100% historically accurate, there's been some debate in the other user reviews and I'm willing to concede that they probably took some liberties with it. But judging it as a movie, I was shocked yet I couldn't turn away from Detroit. I would applaud Kathryn Bigelow for handling this touchy issue so well and despite the length I would recommend giving this a chance.
2017-08-07
Great movie
This movie grabbed me from the very beginning. I completely lost myself in the portrayal of events...scared ...shocked...angered. There are many critics of this film that claim its not "historically accurate." Baloney!! Three unarmed young men were found shot to death in a location that was not involved in the rioting at all. The only people in the hotel with guns...were cops. Detroit homicide detective and the DA thought these cops were guilty...otherwise they would not have been brought up on charges. Those are the "facts". It's odd to me that the "not historically accurate" criticism is being played here. Dunkirk isn't historically accurate, Gettysburg wasn't historically accurate..and so on. Think of all the films that portrayed native Americans and African slaves in ways that made them look evil or savage. It seems that some films, topics, and directors get away with all kinds of fancy. Don't be fooled. This movie is great.
2017-08-05
It's not pretty, but it really happened this way.
Well I finally got my hands on a copy of the new movie, "Detroit." It was supposed to be all about the 1967 Detroit riots which I remember very well. Only about 10% of the movie involved the riots itself. The rest was about the police brutality, including the State police and national guard. Justice gone terrible wrong. Lots of violence and some profanity. The movie was very riveting, and I never lost interest while watching it. Keep in mind that the movie is based on fact, and what you see really happened the way it was portrayed on screen. It was a time in our history when good people went bad. Those of us, like me, who were here in Michigan and lived through the 1967 Detroit riots ( which also spread to Pontiac and Saginaw) will get more from this movie then those who were not there. You can't white wash history. This was the way it really was during the dark days of this riot. From this perspective, it was a great movie.
2017-11-29
Slightly above average
Firstly I will share my comments about the movie and then explain why.

Firstly, this is a good guy bad guy movie at centre and is all about things getting out of control in a tricky situation till it all breaks down..nothing more..nothing less.

Takes a good 30 minutes to make you listen properly and then paces nicely to keep the story afloat. Never been a fan of this kind of camera work,,it makes me feel like i'm watching a documentary ..and that means television...for me belittles it.Direction is taught and well paced ..gets as much from the crew as possible. Decent performances really...nothing outstanding and will not even be mentioned come Oscar time.

That was a basic review...now heres why...

i deliberatley kept away from the race issue...as it was secondary to the story I think..it would have been a lot better without this overdone narrative . it's best to concentrate on the plot and not why it came to be.

Last of all ..spoilers...Why did nobody just say " It was a toy gun"?? then they could have all gone home!!Another thing is no ballistics and why no emphasis on the lad who was shot through the chest...surely it would have been investigated more.??

The score on IMDb is slightly flattering for me ..I only just gave it a 6...on a 2nd viewing I would probably give a 5!
2017-09-07
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