Detroit

From Oscar Winner Kathryn Bigelow

Director: 
Kathryn Bigelow
Year: 
2017
Rating: 
R for strong violence and pervasive language
Run Time: 
143 mins
Cast: 
John Boyega, Anthony Mackie, Algee Smith

On the night of July 25, 1967, amidst the bloody turmoil of the Detroit uprising, a group of young men and women decided to duck into the Algiers Motel for the night in hopes of staying out of trouble. When their night of partying and playing around led to one of them jokingly firing a starter pistol, trouble came blasting through the windows and doors in the form of local and state police and National Guardsmen, all looking for a sniper. A horrifying and brutal chain of events followed, including several beatings and the death of three black teenagers. Piecing together the unbelievable but all-true events of that evening and its aftermath, Oscar winner Kathryn Bigelow (“Zero Dark Thirty,” “The Hurt Locker”) proves yet again that she is one of the greatest directors working today, delivering another riveting powerhouse of a film that still resonates strongly 50 years after the incident. “Detroit’s” tour de force cast includes Anthony Mackie, John Krasinski, and John Boyega as a security guard desperate to defuse the situation.

“Detroit is an audacious, nervy work of art, but it also commemorates history, memorializes the dead and invites reflection on the part of the living. In scale, scope and the space it offers for a long-awaited moral reckoning, it’s nothing less than monumental.” - Ann Hornaday, Washington Post

“Bigelow, working from a script by her regular collaborator Mark Boal (it’s their first film since “Zero Dark Thirty”), has created a turbulent, live-wire panorama of race in America that feels like it’s all unfolding in the moment, and that’s its power. We’re not watching tidy, well-meaning lessons — we’re watching people driven, by an impossible situation, to act out who they really are.” - Owen Gleiberman, Variety

“Detroit is a movie that will make you angry. It is designed to make you angry, and it does nothing to soften the blow or create some artificial uplift. But there is something about honesty that’s exhilarating. Detroit is tough, but it’s worth it, every minute of it.” - Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle

“Dramatically relentless and emotionally shattering, it brings news from a turbulent past that casts a baleful light on America’s troubled present.” - Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal

“Arriving in theaters almost exactly 50 years since the Detroit riots of late July 1967, Kathryn Bigelow’s Detroit is a searing, pulse-pounding, shocking and deeply effective dramatic interpretation of events in and around the Algiers Motel.” - Richard Roeper, Chicago Sun-Times

“A sincere effort to illuminate a singularly dark chapter in history — and a stark reminder of exactly what gets lost when human beings fail to take care of their own.” - Leah Greenblatt, Entertainment Weekly 

“What makes Detroit vital is not that its images are new or revelatory, but rather that Bigelow and Boal have succeeded, with enviable coherence and tremendous urgency, in clarifying those images into art.” - Justin Chang, Los Angeles Times

“The film's unflinching gaze on a lawless night will likely be politicized, but calling Detroit anti-police misses the mark. The question Detroit begs is, in a democratic nation, to whom does the law apply?” - Andrea Mandell, USA Today