In the summer of 1967, Detroit’s African American population was at the mercy of a white police force and discrimination in every aspect of their lives. The community was at breaking point, and a routine police raid on an unlicensed bar became the trigger for a city-wide riot. Detroit erupted into one of the largest citizen uprisings in U.S. history.
Re-uniting director Kathryn Bigelow and writer Mark Boal, the Oscar-winning team behind Zero Dark Thirty and The Hurt Locker, DETROIT zeroes in on one pivotal event during the civil unrest – the Algiers Motel Incident – a motel raid which spiralled out of control as police interrogated guests, ending in tragedy.
A brilliant ensemble cast including John Boyega (Star Wars), Anthony Mackie (The Hurt Locker, Captain America) and Will Poulter (The Maze Runner, The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, The Revenant) deliver heartfelt, dedicated performances portraying the real-life people before, during and after this defining moment in their lives. This gripping, intimate film is essential viewing – an urgent, masterful recreation of history with heartbreaking parallels to the present.
"Each actor inhabits their role with a precision and mettle that means even in the depths of confusion, the complex group dynamics are easy to read." THE TELEGRAPH UK
"Detroit, by contrast, is purely a story of villains and victims, a horror movie made all the more horrible by the fact that it is true." THE ATLANTIC
"One of the most important films you'll see this year." THE SUN
"Bigelow's latest is a harrowing and utterly gripping pressure cooker of a film that thrusts you into a nightmare from which many, sadly, are still unable to wake." INDIE LONDON
"Delivers a visceral punch to the gut that will leave you shaking with anger and frustration." INEWS.CO.UK
"A gruelling, nightmarish, ferociously vivid riot epic that recreates one of the darkest chapters in American history. Unflinching, unmissable and terrifyingly pertinent." EMPIRE
"As powerful as it is timely." VARIETY
"Kinetic, visceral and immersive." THE WRAP