A police raid in Detroit in 1967 results in one of the largest citizens' uprisings in the history of the United States.
An important story to tell no doubt, but as a film it's a disappointment in my opinion.
Of course I cared for the characters from the first second due to the obvious subject matter, but that's as far as I ever got. It's a long 143 minutes, with one scene in particularly lasting an age without really doing much; except the final act of it. A film needs to do more, if this was a documentary - even a docudrama - then fair enough but it isn't.
It also wastes a pretty top notch cast. John Boyega is in this, portraying Melvin Dismukes. The amount of times he's just there standing around doing nothing is frustrating, he has a few moments where he gets to act and you can see his phenomenal talent - especially one time where you see the effect of events on Melvin - but that's about it. A waste.
Similar can be said for Anthony Mackie, star of one of my favourite films in <em>'The Adjustment Bureau'</em>. He plays such a minor role, you cast someone like Mackie you gotta use him more surely?
Will Poulter gets most of the screen time. He's good I guess, not sure we need to see quite as much of him as we do - given his character is an open/shut case. Elsewhere, you have other familiar faces like Tyler James Williams (shoutout Noah) and John Krasinski.
I don't intend to crap on this film. It's clearly well made, has great intentions and relays a notable story. I'm just disappointed with the end product, I judge films as films and <em>'Detroit'</em> is rather underwhelming.
Annapurna Pictures, First Light, Page 1 by Kathryn Bigelow, Mark Boal.
Stars: John Boyega, Anthony Mackie, Algee Smith, Jacob Latimore.
Genres: Crime, Drama, History, Thriller
Keywords: fire police brutality church choir based on a true story murder beating racism church detroit, michigan 1960s police violence
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