Detroit

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79% Audience Score79%
  • 3.5 of 5 stars
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    Such a hard life had the black people in 60's with police officers too and in this movie present don't give with your life and your dreams!!
  • 3 of 5 stars
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    This film is biased and does spread falsehoods compared to the real events which is why I won't be giving this film more than a 3 (it objectively doesn't deserve anything near 5 stars). Whilst what happened is unfortunate and maybe unjust, a distorted representation of the events is not appropriate. This is the sort of material that reinforces negative views surrounding the police and creates further tension when if the writers had presented the why and a little more background whilst sticking to the facts they could have made a balanced film. The police have an incredibly important job to do and are regularly under stress when dealing with things such as shootings. Some police officers will be racist, many won't (just like people in every profession). Similarly, some police officers won't use their power appropriately (again it's the same in any profession). The fact is that someone in that building fired a starter pistol (which was found despite the film claiming it wasn't) and there were lots of weapons stolen from stores by looters and there were shootings at police officers so it makes sense for the police to be present. The police officers conduct may not have been appropriate and they may have unjustly killed people (or it could have been self-defence - nobody knows) but the film shows a black man shooting blanks in the direction of the police/national guard and all the black people who saw the gun deny the existence of the pistol so it's difficult to feel sympathy for them to some extent because they are lying idiots. Besides the plot, which lets down the film, the acting was mostly decent and the sets/costumes were good. The cinematography was fine but there were some weird camera shakes with close up shots at times. I'm not sure if I can recommend watching this film because of the historically inaccurate nature of this adaptation, perhaps watch it if you have an open mind but if you're biased to begin with then there will just be confirmation bias against the police.
  • 5 of 5 stars
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    How in the hell did this film not win best picture?!?! This film was brutal, it made Raging Bull look like a Disney flick. You NEED too see this film. Every American should see this film. If you have any doubts about white privilege, you NEED to see this film. I have lost any and all faith that I may have had in the Academy Awards. Whoever picks the nominees should hang down their heads for shame. John Boyega was incredible, the soundtrack was amazing, the editing, cineamatography outstanding. All around great film. Truly disturbing as it should be because the Detroit Police were fricking nazi pigs. Will Poulter is perhaps the most despicable movie villain, ever.
  • 4 of 5 stars
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    Kathryn Bigelow does a tremendous job in delivering a tense film. The meat of this is filled with chilling stuff that hooks you completely. It just kind of ends in lackluster fashion and that holds it back from being something truly special.
  • 0.5 of 5 stars
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    They could have made a honest movie but decided to add falsehoods and straight lies to a historical event.
  • 4.5 of 5 stars
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    Directed with an intense, frenetic pace, the entire movie feels like a powder keg leading to disaster, graced by strong performances from all involved but particularly Poulter as a police officer deserving of the viewer's hatred.
  • 5 of 5 stars
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    Although I was a teenager at this period of time I knew nothing about this incident, that's most probably because I was born in the UK, I wasn't planning to watch this movie but just happened to be watching the TV channel when it came on, and I must say that I almost changed channels during the first 10 minutes as I thought it would not be of interest to me, but I'm glad that I stayed with it because it was a very gripping movie with great actors and an edge of the seat story, which made me wonder halfway through if this was a true story, which was proven to be true at the end of this film, I was happily surprised to see that the film was directed by Kathryn Bigelow and I thought no wonder it was such a good movie, as I really appreciated "The Hurt Locker" I recommend this movie as it shows why good people should always try to speak up and do something when wrongs are committed by anyone and especially by others in powerful positions.
  • 4.5 of 5 stars
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    Detroit is a film takes its time, sets its scene well. Its glossy and powerful when it wants to be and it's quiet and speaks for itself when it needs to. It's a surprisingly impactful and energetic powderkeg of a film. There's something great about the sets and locations, with their dirty, ugly, boring authenticity. Tied to this is the great minor cast, with the yellow teeth, and the plain faces; the sort of ordinariness of them all, that goes along with Boal's elegantly simple script where it feels anything can happen at any time. Boyega is dynamite, his raw, bare constraint as an actor and his character's struggles moving me to tears throughout. Bigelow's camera is always motivated so despite the film's length, you look away and you're likely to miss something. The disconnect and then sudden connection between stories has a classic movie feel, more than any Bigelow, Detroit is an underrated masterclass of editing. Detroit is a great film, but be warned, it's a horror, a horror where truth is even more horrifying than fiction and the trauma is etched on the faces of all involved, and maybe even on the soul of America. And this was only 1967.
  • 3.5 of 5 stars
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    It's a bit too long and doesn't quite do enough to give us a proper feel for the characters, but thanks to gripping performances from a great cast and proficient directing from Katheryn Bigelow, ‘Detroit' still manages to tell a difficult story and is an appropriately tough watch, particularly come the half-way point which kicks off a horrifyingly lengthy ordeal for a group of young black men.
  • 4.5 of 5 stars
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    Great piece of history. Good acting and execution