Police and the military spring into action when rioting and civil unrest rocks Detroit during the summer of 1967. – IMDB
Detroit was penned by Mark Boal, and directed by Kathryn Bigelow. The upcoming film stars John Boyega, Anthony Mackie, and Algee Smith. The tumultuous action drama seems to be right up the Zero Dark Thirty and The Hurt Locker director’s ally. The intensity of when socio-political injustices are no longer tolerated resulting in a five day Detroit riot during the late 60’s, could only be helmed by the talented Bigelow. The film definitely features excellent talent of color ranging from the well established Mackie, to the “where f*ck did he come from?” Boyega, and “Hollywood will have to acknowledge him soon” Jacob Latimore.
Top it all off, the trailer would leave one to believe that Bigelow is also bringing one of the motor city’s greatest gifts, Motown Records, whose music played a major role in drawing attention to the gross injustices that took place during this time with a quick shot of an all black group performing. Maybe that’s just wishful thinking, but if the power of Motown records was some how intertwined into the film I would be all too please.
The one concern I have is the release date. I only bring this up because this film feels as if it has award season potential, and an August release feels a little bit outside the award season campaign zone, not by much but just enough that it could get steam rolled by a Alfonso Cuarón or Damien Chazelle film once award season kicks into a full frenzy.
All in all, I can’t wait to see it.
Please Note l I’m well aware that Boyega has been building a solid career since his break-out performance in Attack the Block; however, we all know Hollywood would have continued to over look him if he had not landed the role of a life time in Star Wars: The Force Awakens which plucked him from “that one guy” obscurity to a made man.