Detroit Review

It’s one thing to review a movie, it’s another thing altogether to review an anxiety attack.

Kathryn Bigelow’s Detroit is a concussive dramatization of a true story, in which corrupt and racist police officers violently detained ten black men and two white women during the 12th Street Riot of 1967. The incident would leave innocent people dead, and if you’re not familiar with these events, and if you assume that justice would be served, then you might not have a particularly keen understanding of the history of the American criminal justice system.

Then again, if you aren’t familiar with this incident, you’re in Kathryn Bigelow’s target audience. Detroit is designed to shock and repel you and challenge your assumptions about law, order and everything in between, but that works best if you still actually have those assumptions. If the real-life events of Kathryn Bigelow’s Detroit are news to you then there’s a good chance you will emerge from this film having learned an important lesson.

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