Detroit (DVD)

Detroit (DVD)
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From the Academy Award winning director Kathryn Bigelow whose work includes The Hurt Locker and Zero Dark Thirty comes the critically acclaimed Detroit.

Released in cinemas in 2017, Detroit tells the gripping true story story of one of the darkest moments during the civil unrest that rocked Detroit in the summer of 1967.

The narrative is centred around an incident at Algiers Motel, which occurred in Detroit, Michigan on July 25, 1967, amidst the racially charged 12th Street Riot. The riots began  two days earlier as police raided an unlicensed after hours black club serving alcohol in celebration of the soldiers who were returning from war.  

Tensions heightened and the violence escalated leading to reports of an attempted shooting at police from inside of the motel. The police consequently raid the hotel and their racial prejudices take over, not only when met by the 10 black men but at the realisation they have spent the evening with two white women. As the night unfolds the police men torture the suspects in what turns into a sick and twisted game of abuse and manipulation ending with three men dead and brutal beatings of the others.

This powerful and chilling film has a star-studded cast including John Boyega (Star Wars, Imperial Dreams and Black Panther: Pacific Rim Uprising), Will Poulter (We're the Millers, Maze Runner) and Hannah Murray (Game of Thrones, Skins).  

Despite being set in the late 60's, this film resonates today as Kathryn Bigelow focuses on the harrowing events that have dark parallels  with contemporary events and attitudes making this film feel alarmingly relevant.  

What the press said:  

"A gruelling, nightmarish, ferociously vivid riot epic that recreates one of the darkest chapters in American history. Unflinching, unmissable and terrifyingly pertinent" Empire

"Paul Greengrass's regular cinematographer Barry Ackroyd, who brought such urgent verisimilitude to Bigelow and Boal's  The Hurt Locker, once again lends a documentarian's eye to the drama, using vintage lenses to capture multi-angle digital footage, which interweaves seamlessly with archive material." Guardian

"Dramatically relentless and emotionally shattering, it brings news from a turbulent past that casts a baleful light on America's troubled present."  Wall Street Journal

No. Discs:   1 DVD
Cert 15
Running Time:   2 hrs 23
Contains Subtitles
Release Date:   8 Jan 2018

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