Detroit: The movie has fewer facts and more fiction about the 1967 riots
Detroit movie is the story of 1967 racially charged riots that torn the city into two halves. The rioting stated after a police raid at a motel owned by a black and spread to other parts of the city and turned into a civil disturbance. The riot task force was composed of Detroit Police Department, the Michigan State Police and the Michigan Army National Guard. At that time, Detroit Police Department was 93% white and most the riot area was under the command of white policemen. The film tries to narrate the harrowing time black Americans went through.
A note for director
It’s not first time that the director Kathryn Bigelow has made a film on racism but this time she’s under heavy criticism from movie critics and media reports. The language – “they” and “them” are used to indicate the black people – is both offensive and abusive. In the enthusiasm to show police atrocity over American-Africans, Kathryn Bigelow somewhere crossed the fine line.
Historical facts are mixed with scripted scenes
Tension was high at the night of July 25-26, 1967 when white policemen barged into Algiers Motel and detained three black men and two white women. Interrogation started with racial slur and resulted in death of the teenagers interrogated by the police. Known as Algiers Motel Incident, it snowballed into a bigger mass movement. The city was burning; shops were looted and homes set afire. Police atrocities were also high despite the strict instruction from political bosses not to encourage the rioters to retaliate.
A praiseworthy job
Five decades is a long time to distort facts and build stories about riots but the director and producer Kathryn Bigelow provided first-person account of the incidents. Bigelow tried to remain honest to towards history wherever possible. Whatever the critics say about the movie, Detroit is a perfect story for Oscar race.
Detroit First Look & Poster
It’s a bloody poster with the name of the movie “Detroit” written in bold red letters in middle of the poster. It seems as the city is divided between white and blacks. The four faces on the poster are protagonists of the movie. They seem worried and also they are angry at turn of the events. It is a simple looking poster but it says a lot about the movie. The way Detroit emerges on poster seems like a question mark over the city.
Why watch the movie?
There are many reasons for watching the movie. It is like reading history and going through the ordeal of the thousands of Detroit citizens that ran for life during riots. The movie will help understand the events that culminated in full-blow riots. It’s a great movie for all those that appreciate good cinema.
• Third venture of Director Kathryn Bigelow and screenwriter Mark Boal
• Annapurna Pictures steps into film distribution with this movie
• Some of the scenes were filmed in Hamtramck, Michigan
• Anthony Mackie also starred in Kathryn Bigelow directed movie The Hurt Locker (2008)
Directed – Kathryn Bigelow
Produced – Kathryn Bigelow, Mark Boal, Matthew Budman, Megan Ellison, Colin Wilson
Written – Mark Boal
Starring -John Boyega,Will Poulter,Algee Smith,Jason Mitchell,John Krasinski,Anthony Mackie