This is a review of Detroit, a film currently showing at the Tyneside Cinema in Newcastle and. This is a true story and It just shows how time and attitudes have really changed.
The treatment of black people led to riots in the streets of Detroit 1967. A time when being black was a crime, even if you were doing nothing wrong. The plot followed a motel raid in which guests were unnecessarily tortured for a distant gun shot.
You can watch the trailer for Detroit at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HFeWsDpy9y0.
My Thoughts of the plot
The motel gun raid scene, in which officers invaded, including Krauss. “Face the wall” – it made me feel awful that people would be treated like that. I was scared just watching it.
A court case that followed showed white and black people sitting on separate sides and each of the victims being judged for their colour and involvement. The police officers were given the higher ground and nothing would have made me happier to see them face justice.
The plot was great, but what made it greater was the actors:
Will Pouler, who is best known for his role in Dunkirk and We’re the Millers, was terrifying. In a good way of course as he was playing Krauss. In his previous roles, he has been quiet and funny, so this was a surprise. Wow this lad blew me away – he must have found some hidden anger to be in such an angry role
John Boyega, our very own Fin from Star Wars, was Dismukes. A friendly UN police officer who was caught in the cross fire by white detectives. He cared about Detroit and the people there – he did not understand why they were being hurt like this.
This film is iconic and is a true story. There is still a misunderstanding that skin colour matters, and it doesn’t. We are all human and all equal, no matter what race or ethnicity. You can read the full story of Detroit 1967 here if you are interested: https://www.biography.com/news/detroit-movie-true-story .
I found the film got to me and I think that’s the point. To get people talking about what really happened, raises more awareness. Despite the rather miserable and true plot, I recommend the film to anyone who is interested in that aspect of history or to those who are generally curious.
I would give this film 4 stars as it was punchy and had my full attention!
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