Director: Kathryn Bigelow

Starring: John Boyega, Anthony Mackie, Algee Smith, Will Poulter and Jason Mitchell.

Released: August 25

Kathryn Bigelow-directed “Detroit” recounts a harshly intense chapter in United States history where vigilant and prejudice police office Philip Krauss (Will Poulter) raids the Alger Motel in Detroit, Michigan in search of a notorious sniper.

When the take-no-prisoners Krauss is unable to find the rebellious rogue sniper, the hard-nosed police officer subjects primarily innocent African-American guests at the Algers Motel to a high torrent of unwarranted hatred and unprecedented violence, which in turn transpires to the heavy-handed and slaughterous murder of innocent lives; Detroit, St. Louis, Baltimore, Memphis, Oakland and New Orleans remain as the biggest murder cities in the United States in 2017.

In the midst of the well-documented chaos in the Motor City during 1967, 43 individuals unceremoniously died, whereas 1,200 individuals were injured, whilst 2,000 buildings were destroyed in Detroit throughout a catastrophic avalanche of brutality and civil unrest which left a negative imprint of the city for decades subsequently.

Over the course of the heinous Rock City riots, the Summer of Love turned into an abyss of Armageddon as the civil rights movement tipped into civil war. With the Motown era and the auto big three (Ford, GM, Chrysler) vastly prospering albeit with African-American’s suffering daily from lack of employment due to layoffs by auto companies and disproportionate hiring, the intriguing narrative which shaped history is told with an unflinching candor and honesty almost to a fault; which is synonymous with the heartland of Midwest values.

“Detroit” refrains from glossing over or rewriting its historical context, rather delivering an overall eye-opening story which revisits the truth beyond the propaganda and perceptions of the events which transformed Detroit to the point of no return.







W| By Dean Perretta                                                        

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