It’s incredibly powerful and it’s brutally realistic
Detroit is wholeheartedly about getting the truth out to the public. This is not a film about taking sides, this is not even a film about justice. This is a film that wants to recount the exact moments of that horrific night at the Algiers Motel, Detroit.
During the Detroit riots of 1967, two young friends go to stay at a motel after escaping the rioting crowds littered across the city. After meeting a pair of young women they follow them to a top room where their friends are smoking and drinking. When a period of tension breaks out, the four leave for the night, only to become embroiled in a terrifying police round up after one man shoots a starting pistol at the army officers down the street.
The chaos that marred the actual riots is shown brilliantly, in its own anarchic way. The style director Kathryn Bigelow uses throughout feels very much like a documentary, depicting the violence that erupted around the city both vividly and violently. It’s obvious that Bigelow has chosen a personal and intrusive manner for the camerawork to really highlight the audacity of the riots.
Bigelow manages to create a relentless piece that is continuously bashing down the barriers set around it. With sheer energy, it forces open a story that has been closed for decades. Because of this, it does make for a difficult watch, with high tensions and alarming actions. Yet it cannot be avoided. Detroit has an impressive draw with a need to tell its story to anyone that will listen.
Detroit is an undeniably forceful film and completely unabashed about it’s take on reality. Bigelow has created a work of art that acts as a documentary, almost to the extent of found footage and it works perfectly. It’s incredibly powerful and it’s brutally realistic, giving peace to all of those involved that deserve it eternally.