Too much of everything
That was an excellent one.
Good movie but grossly overrated
The film creates a perfect balance between action and depth of basic needs, in the midst of an infertile atmosphere.
The riveting drama taking place in 1967 Detroit in the Algiers motel, this film stars various actors including John Boyega, Anthony Mackie, Will Poulter and even to my surprise, John Krasinski. This film takes place in the midst of racial tension and tension between the people and Detroit P.D. Depicting various scenes of violence, robbery and the city turning into a complete war zone, amongst the mess then focuses on the Algiers motel where all of the characters come together to set up the main story.The whole cast does a wonderful job depicting their individual characters, there is a backstory that can be seen through the dialogue, demeanor and expression of each character. The feeling that these people are real, genuine people and not characters in a movie. This strong sense of realism translates to this conflict amongst the characters which establishes the main drama of the film very well. The way that the film manages to have such great characters with individual story arcs makes them all the more sympathetic and their motives all the more clear and logical. Even in the case of Will Poulter's 'bad cop' you can understand where he is coming from and he shows certain levels of mercy and there is a very clear thought process that can be seen as an audience through the character's actions and dialogue. Detroit, manages to seem so real, almost to the extent of a documentary and that is precisely what makes the film so successful. Because it exuberates this sense of realism there are stakes that audiences can actually feel genuine emotions, dangers and intensity about. Detroit manages to retell a faithful tale of mistakes, fear, ignorance and pain in its 2 hours and 23 minutes runtime without ever feeling too long or dragged along.
As the first film to be distributed and released by Annapurna, Detroit tells the story about what happened during the 1967 riots, specifically the one in Detroit that put the city on the map and drove the population down from its highs back when Detroit was the Motor City. The acting, direction, music, and pace of this movie is well done and should've gotten Oscar love.
DETROIT is another mildly disappointing movie from director Kathryn Bigelow, much the same as ZERO DARK THIRTY. These films share a complex backdrop and a rather simplistic and straightforward main story which is unable to support their bloated running time. They're not a part on THE HURT LOCKER. This film is taut with suspense in the scene involving the cops and the black guys in the hotel foyer, but the rest is merely dragged out. We don't need an hour or more of back story before the main incident takes place. The script is middling and fails to make any of the characters on either side very distinctive, and the emphasis in the advertising given to John Bogeya's superficial and minor role is a surprise. The black characters are sympathetic but they're given very little to work with other than to be victimised, although the actors including Anthony Mackie are fine. Hannah Murray has more to work with as a prostitute caught up in the incident, but the real stand-out is the excellent Will Poulter as the racist cop. His is one of the performances of the year, and a pity the rest of the film can't match.
As much evil as any horror film. The only difference is that these are "normal" humans. That's what makes it so horrific. Not a film I'd ever watch again, but I'm glad I did.