Review: Detroit Print E-mail
Friday, 04 August 2017 21:05

Rating:  No Zs

By: Amy Elizondo
Summary:  In the summer of 1967 in Detroit, tensions rise as riots break out due to racial injustices committed, in large part, by the Detroit Police Department; resulting in a culmination of events that no one could have imagined.

The Good:  Director Kathryn Bigelow (The Hurt Locker, Zero Dark Thirty) proves again how eloquently she is able to tell a story, especially one based on true events with subject matter as delicate as racism in America.  From the very beginning, the film reels you in, showing artwork depicting the evolution of African Americans in America starting with slavery and going all the way through desegregation.  The star-studded cast including John Boyega (Star Wars: The Force Awakens), Will Poulter (We're The Millers, The Maze Runner), Anthony Mackie (The Hurt Locker, The Night Before) and many, many others, were completely outstanding.  You could feel all of the things that every single one of the characters were feeling.  

The Bad:  The only bad thing about this film is that the acting is so good, it makes you mad as you watch it because you know some or most of these events actually happened.  The movie did feel a little long, but I think that may have been the way the director wanted it to feel.  It was purposely uncomfortable and the tension in the theater was definitely palpable.  

The Ugly:  Although this was a very tough film to watch from start to finish, it is still important to know what happened during this point in time.  It is not a film for the faint of heart.  The movie is so powerful, it is hard not to be moved by it.  All around, the story, cast, and direction were amazing.  It’s a great film to watch if you enjoy drama biopics.


Film In Austin’s Review Grading Scale
No Zs – A solid, outstanding movie; there wasn’t any snoozing in this movie
Z – Good movie, sometimes the story may be lacking in some area, but it’s still recommended; only fell asleep for a quarter of the movie
ZZ – Average, entertaining at parts, it may be worth seeing, but you will probably want to wait and rent it; fell asleep for half of the film
ZZZ – Very weak where entertainment, plot, realism, development and other vital elements are missing; fell asleep for a third of the movie
ZZZZ – Very poor to the point that you will only recommend for your family and friends “not to see it;” fell asleep right when the movie began and slept through the whole thing.  Well, you will wish you had spent that time sleeping




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