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
87%
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Reviews & comments

A gritty drama that keeps ones attention

Wow! That was a ride and a half. Gritty and worth seeing. So many parallels between life then and life today for sections of the community in America.

5.0
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Vulture

Vulture

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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...

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Variety

Variety

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A drama as powerful as it is timely.

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Total Film

Total Film

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

4.0
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Time Out

Time Out

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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.

5.0
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The New York Times

The New York Times

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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.

0
Newsroom

Newsroom

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

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Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

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Tense, excruciating and entirely necessary...

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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

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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.

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Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

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

4.0
0
Vulture

Vulture

press

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...

0
Variety

Variety

press

A drama as powerful as it is timely.

0
Total Film

Total Film

press

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

4.0
0
Time Out

Time Out

press

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.

5.0
0
The New York Times

The New York Times

press

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.

0
Newsroom

Newsroom

press

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

0
Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

press

Tense, excruciating and entirely necessary...

0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

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.

0
Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

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

4.0
0

A gritty drama that keeps ones attention

Wow! That was a ride and a half. Gritty and worth seeing. So many parallels between life then and life today for sections of the community in America.

5.0
0