Detroit

"Kathryn Bigelow’s eviscerating epic warrants a subtitle: The Anatomy Of A Riot." Empire

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Detroit, 1967.  It was a long, hot summer and racial tensions, always at a simmer, were building in the largely black landscape of downtown.  The city was the original cauldron of equality; plentiful well-paid jobs on the automotive assembly lines created a rainbow middle class, but this once-wealthiest city in the US was on its way down, and there was no Motown soundtrack for what was to come.  Five days after a flashpoint encounter between police and the black community, fierce riots left 43 dead, 1,200 injured, 7,000 arrested and 2,000 buildings scorched. 

Kathryn Bigelow (Hurt Locker, Zero Dark Thirty) presents a shifting, multi-character dramatisation of these events that is as powerful as it is timely.  We follow the story of a young group of musicians who end up in the wrong place at the wrong time; the black security guard (John Boyega) who strives for reason in the midst of madness; and the trigger-happy Detroit policemen who routinely mete out racially-motivated brutality.  Composed of jagged, brief scenes with occasional news footage, the film is a visceral illustration of the intrinsic racial bias that is still with us: witness the  "Black Lives Matter" campaign.  At the end, though, this magnificent, insistent film provides catharthis, along with an invitation to heal.

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Duration:
143 mins
Subtitled:
No
Certificate:
15

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