The final trailer for Detroit paints a lurid picture of everything soon to come from director Kathryn Bigelow’s latest docu-drama/thriller. Based on the real life events of the 12th Street Riot that took place in 1967, Bigelow and company are hoping to shine a light on one of the most chaotic instances of civil unrest that the titular American city has ever witnessed. As seen in the previous Detroit trailers, the movie focuses on one one specific moment from the larger uprising – namely, the Algiers Motel incident – and is likely to be the center of early awards season buzz, when it begins its wide release next week.
As any student of American history may very well know, the Algiers Motel incident resulted in the death of three black teenage civilians, and the abuse and humiliation of nine other individuals at the hands of a riot task force composed of members from the Detroit Police Department, the Michigan State Police, and the Michigan Army National Guard. In order to mark the passing of the 50th anniversary of the 12th Street Riot of 1967, Detroit will serve to explain a complicated tragedy to 21st century moviegoers.
In the footage featured above, potential viewers of Detroit can catch one last look behind the curtain at everything the feature film proper will have to offer general audiences. Focusing in on the testimony provided by John Boyega as police officer Melvin Dismukes, Bigelow appears to have really outdone herself in the making of another stirring adaptation of real life events.
Featuring a supporting cast that includes such actors as Will Poulter (Maze Runner), Anthony Mackie (Captain America: Civil War), Jack Reynor (Sing Street), and Hannah Murray (Game of Thrones), Detroit should manage capably in performing the ambitious task that Bigelow has set before it. Following her work on the Oscar-nominated Zero Dark Thirty from 2012, the critically-acclaimed filmmaker looks to have another hard-hitting drama/thriller up her sleeve.
Detroit seems designed to provoke its audience into an engaged discussion about racial politics in America some 50 years after the events depicted, and with any luck its result will have a largely positive effect. It won’t be easy for anyone to revisit the tragic story that the movie holds in store, but with Bigelow behind the camera and Boyega in front of it, the movie has a lot of promise – and looks to live up to it.
Source: Annapurna Pictures
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