I caught the 7 O’Clock showing of Detroit today and when I walked out of the movie theater two and a half hours later, I was overcome with a whirl of emotions.
Detroit focuses on telling one story in particular: the horrific 1967 murders at the Algiers Motel during the Detroit Riots. The true events involved a group of white officers tormenting and manipulating nine people (seven of which were Black men and the other two were White women) which resulted in the murders of three Black teens.
Detroit was written and directed by Oscar Award winning pair Kathryn Bigelow and Mark Boal who have previously worked together on Zero Dark Thirty and The Hurt Locker. Bigelow and Boal do a good job at capturing the tension between Police Officers and the Black community. I never once fell at ease while watching this movie. I was constantly uncomfortable with the reality of the situation I was witnessing. Some of the scenes were so tragic that I had to look away from the movie, and at one point, my sister and I stopped eating our popcorn because we felt sick at the events unfolding in front of us on screen.
With that being said, it was a very difficult movie to watch, not because it was poorly made, but because it was a very gruesome and wicked story. Films like Detroit are important now more than ever because they address social issues that are relevant in our society.
Detroit stars the familiar faces Anthony Mackie, John Boyega, and Will Pulter and is now playing in theaters.