Detroit

Detroit

Detroit

Crime drama from Oscar-winning director Kathryn Bigelow (The Hurt Locker) set against the backdrop of the 1967 Detroit riots. Stars John Boyega (Star Wars: The Force Awakens).

In the summer of 1967, racial discrimination in Detroit reached breaking point and the city erupted into one of the largest citizen uprisings in US history. Detroit zeroes in on one pivotal event during the civil unrest – the Algiers Motel Incident – a motel raid which spiralled out of control as police interrogated guests, ending in tragedy. An ensemble cast including John Boyega (Star Wars) and Anthony Mackie (The Hurt Locker) portray the real-life people before, during and after this defining moment in their lives.

2017Rating: R16, Violence, cruelty & offensive language143 minsUSA
CrimeDramaThrillerHistoricalFestival & Independent

Streaming (1 Providers)

Detroit / Reviews

Flicks, Daniel Rutledge

Flicks, Daniel Rutledge

Kathryn Bigelow's latest is the most disturbing and difficult watch of 2017, and it might just be the year's most important film too. It's a masterful tour de force in high tension filmmaking, anchored by a home-invasion horror style second act that is absolutely excruciating. The brutal terrorising of black civilians by white cops in a Detroit motel is portrayed with a clinical realism, maximising the oppression without wallowing in the violence. That it all actually happened means you can't find solace in reminding yourself it's only a movie.

Full review
Vulture

Vulture

What Bigelow does - incomparably - is put us in that room with those people at that moment. She induces a feeling of powerlessness that's beyond our capacity to imagine on our own, and she keeps it going...

Full review
Total Film

Total Film

Expect Bigelow's deep-cutting drama to be part of the conversation come awards season.

Full review
Time Out

Time Out

The standoff at the Algiers Motel has entered legend (if not widely known history) as a notorious incident of interrogatory injustice. Bigelow makes it the centrepiece of Detroit and, simply put, has crafted her most harrowing piece of filmmaking.

Full review
The New York Times

The New York Times

The film's struggle against simplification - against the sentimentality, wishful thinking and outright denial that defines most Hollywood considerations of America's racial past - is palpable, almost heroic, even if it is not always successful.

Full review
Newsroom

Newsroom

Detroit's searing strength lies in its mid-section execution, an interlude of pure hatred and abuse of power...

Full review
Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

Tense, excruciating and entirely necessary...

Full review
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

Intense and physically powerful in the way it conveys its atrocious events, the film nonetheless remains short on complexity, as if it were enough simply to provoke and outrage the audience. It's a grim tale with no catharsis.

Full review
Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

A gruelling, nightmarish, ferociously vivid riot epic that recreates one of the darkest chapters in American history. Unflinching, unmissable and terrifyingly pertinent.

Full review