Detroit 15

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DIRECTOR Kathryn Bigelow
CAST John Boyega, Will Poulter, Algee Smith, Jack Reynor

Oscar-winning director Kathryn Bigelow’s riveting dramatisation of the Algiers Motel incident during the 1967 Detroit riots is an unflinching depiction of racism and corruption.

The Oscar-winning creative partnership of director Kathryn Bigelow and writer Mark Boal (The Hurt Locker, Zero Dark Thirty) reunite for an unflinching and incendiary dramatisation of the 1967 Detroit riots. Interweaving fictional scenes with news footage, the film focuses on the ‘Algiers Motel incident’ in which three white police officers and one black security guard (John Boyega) were accused of murdering three black civilians and savagely beating many more. A riveting, visceral story which remains all too relevant to this day.
(2017 USA 143 mins)

Bigelow is a master of timebomb cinema and its portentous, tick-tocking rhythms, but Detroit detonates from the opening reel … As with Zero Dark ThirtyDetroit has a clean, raw look, its lucid colour palette intensifying the clarity of Bigelow’s vision. A lot of the shots, especially during its early riot sequences, feel stolen rather than staged, charged up by visceral, smash-and-grab camerawork (the film is vividly lensed by Paul Greengrass’ handheld warrior of choice, Barry Ackroyd). It’s a technique that turns the passive viewer into an active witness … Unflinching, unmissable and terrifyingly pertinent.  Simon Crook, Empire

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BBFC advice: Contains strong threat, violence and language
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