DVD - 2017 | Widescreen edition.
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Amidst the chaos of the Detroit Rebellion, with the city under curfew and as the Michigan National Guard patrolled the streets, three young African American men were murdered at the Algiers Motel.
Publisher: [Toronto, Ont.] : Entertainment One, [2017]
Edition: Widescreen edition.
Branch Call Number: DVD DET
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (143 min.) :,sound, color ;,4 3/4 in.
digital, optical, surround, Dolby digital 5.1, rda
DVD, NTSC, rda
video file, DVD video, region 1, rda
Alternative Title: Détroit [videorecording]


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Dec 02, 2018

Liked the fact that this movie didn't absolve the Detroit police department, the military, or the national guard. Too often films about the armed institutions of the state, even films made by black directors (*cough* Black Klansman *cough*), are quick to portray those institutions as benevolent, and portray the perpetrators of violence within those institutions as "bad apples." "Detroit" doesn't shy away from the fact of state institutional violence. It shows the harsh reality of how racist state power functioned in the context of the 1967 riot and for that I'm actually grateful.

Too often marginalized peoples are gas-lighted into believing that either the violence they experience isn't real, and/or that the state is benevolent actor and not an active participant in the violence they experience. This film shines a light on exactly the formal and informal ways this violence functions.

That said, it's a real heavy film. The racist and misogynistic violence of this film is in full focus and that can be hard to watch.

Jul 29, 2018

Deeply unsettling, deeply problematic film from Kathyrn Bigelow and writer Mark Boal, who also did "The Hurt Locker" and "Zero Dark Thirty." As many have pointed out, the torture of the black characters borders on exploitive, and you do wonder why they couldn't have a black filmmaker involved. John Boyega (the new "Star Wars" series) gives a great performance. I'm not saying don't see, it but maybe read the following article and books first.

Jun 25, 2018

Based on real events 51 years ago, unfortunately, this is still a timely film.

Jun 21, 2018

I had to skip through some of the motel parts. That scene wouldn't end and it was terrorizing. Then the ending is without justice. It's messed up. This is difficult to comment on. Watch if you can stand seeing police brutality and the main dick cop is super annoying. I couldn't stand him in this. That actor is not my cup of tea.

Jun 04, 2018

Directed by Kathryn Bigelow in 2017 based on the Algiers Motel incident during Detroit's 1967 Riot, this American docudrama delves into the tragic indident.
Superb are the performances of all the actors who really show the fear and intensity of the inner feeling from the death threat in the motel.
It is one of the worst tragic racial incidents that show you the justice system seemed far from right.

May 13, 2018

Brits continue to play better Americans than Americans do and a sordid story from 60s Detroit hits the silver screen with its sadness, violence, and horror. Worth a watch but it may not the 'happily ever after' ending that you might desire or be accustomed to.

Apr 27, 2018

This is definitely a horror movie in the sense it made me feel part of the action that was going on. The movie set a very strong atmosphere that put you into the moment and made you feel the pathos and dread from the moment the Dramatics was interrupted from singing their piece from the commotion outside. The characters made very compelling performances. Despite this being a movie depicting racism in those times, I don't feel it's as vicious as it is today and think today it's gotten worst than what is depicted in the movie. Suburbicon is another movie like this. When you deal with Southern civil rights and Jim Crow laws, yeah, allot has changed between then and now. However, when you deal with pockets of Northern racism which include police brutality, or people calling 911 for nothing, etc.... then sadly, nothing has changed since the time this movie was made but got worst since Blacks, as a community, are more jailed, fragmented, and less unified than those times, and videos of killings by police officers do nothing to convict a police officer, unless the officer is not white.

Apr 26, 2018

This two hour and fourteen minute film did seem long, and I think that it could have told the same unsettling fact based events of 1967 Detroit riots and of the three murders at the Algiers Hotel, in a shorter time.
This is an important subject of unjust racist police officers, and trigger happy National Guards that had done some time in Vietnam. It is still relevant, as there are still troubling times as racism still exists.
This was directed by 2010 Oscar winner for the Hurt Locker. Fine performers that briefly weave in and out of camera that I could not name, plus other fine performances by Will Poulter (Maze Runners: 2014 & 2018; We're The Millers: 2013), Anthony Mackie (Captain America 2014 & 2016; Avengers 2015 & 2018) and John Boyega (Star Wars: The Force Awakens: 2015 & Attack the Block: 2011).
The Eight and a half minute bonus have quick clips of interviews with director, Kathryn Bigelow, actors and some real former Detroit characters portrayed in the film. There is also a Three minutes and 14 second music video with the original Detroit band singer of the Dramatics (1964 - ).
This rating is lower due to the loose editing.

Apr 23, 2018

a stirring, and probably important, representation, indeed indictment, of an event that took place in Detroit that many years ago - powerful, but long

Apr 21, 2018

Surely one of the best flicks of its time, Bigelow shows yet again that she's one of the great directors working today.
The story, acting, script all shine. The verité cinematography never gets in the way of the dramatic proceedings, which start with the very first frame and never let up.
The film's only weaknesses are the slightly miscast main villain--an excellent actor beyond reproach--and Bigelow's tin ear. Yes: this would be a very fine film indeed had she hired anyone (me? Jackie Robinson?) who knows their motown, to lend a hand. As it is, if you watch with the captions on, half the time you'll wish you'd been catching up with your facebook feed, or hoisting a newspaper to spare you the execrable lyrics. No Motown was ever this bad.
But these are small, almost petty quibbles (well, it IS Detroit, and deserves better) about a movie that's bound to be counted among the few dealing with race relations intelligently in a city, and country, that's far too often been a curse to its black people.
But for the minor misstep mentioned above, I've yet to see Kathryn Bigelow direct anything but excellent movies of lasting value.

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Feb 26, 2018

You shot him in the back.
-Right. He was... He was running away from me. Where else do you
want me to shoot?
My point was him being no threat to you.
-In hindsight, but I'm thinking, ...why is he running away from me, ...if all he did was steal some groceries? What if he killed somebody in that grocery store? He's avoiding the police. What do you assume from that?
You don't assume. If he had a weapon in his hand, that's another story. We don't shoot for robberies.
-Detective, you know it's a war zone out there, right? Yeah. 10th had to shut down. They're destroying the city. We're facilitating that with the message we send, ...which is that it's okay, go ahead, burn down your houses, ...rob a store. It's total chaos. And... Where does that lead us long term, Detective?

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