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USA summer 1967: The country seems like a powder keg. The Vietnam War has escalated and decades of oppression are causing unrest, especially among the Afro-American community. These soon escalate in many American cities. This is also the case in Detroit, where violent civil rights uprisings are taking place. When shots are fired from a motel, the police arrive with a large contingent. The situation escalates quickly and one of the guests is dead. But instead of a factual investigation there is a raid marked by open racism, which becomes a life-threatening situation for many of the motel guests present…
With "Detroit" Kathryn Bigelow dares to tackle a very unsightly and explosive topic. The story based on true events may have been half a century ago, but unfortunately (not only, but especially) it is still very topical in the USA. After numerous conversations with contemporary witnesses of the race riots and survivors of the events from the motel, Bigelow and her screenwriter Mark Boal ("The Hurt Locker") have created a shocking drama, which takes some dramaturgical liberties, but has the overall claim to reproduce the events as exactly as possible.
First the whole thing starts with a very general look at the riots, but then turns into an almost chamber play thriller, which stirs up, makes angry and the desperation of the tormented almost palpable. It's an unpleasant film that hurts - and that's exactly what it's supposed to do. He is supposed to hit the audience right in the middle of the marrow, to punch them in the pit of the stomach with full emotional force in order to show them what people can be driven to by hatred and prejudices.
The police officer Krauss, played with frightening intensity by Will Poulter, is unlike other characters not a real person, but a conglomerate of different police officers involved in the incidents. It's the personification of the hatred that escalated the events at the motel. It's a courageous portrayal of Poulter, as his play attracts the audience's concentrated anger and it will be very difficult to completely detach him from the impression he leaves here in other films in the future. Nevertheless: Hats off to this achievement! This also applies to the rest of the very strong ensemble, which relies on very nuanced, realistic playing and thus perfectly corresponds to the approach of the almost documentary staging.
"Detroit" is a difficult, because extremely challenging film. Those who are willing to get involved will be rewarded with an excellent thriller drama, that not only captivates for almost two and a half hours, but also lasts for a long time. It's a movie you should definitely talk about after watching it. Absolutely worth seeing!
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