DETROIT - 2017
We may preach equality today and we may claim to have left the dark ages of suppression far behind us, but in reality abuse and racism is still rife – even in our first world countries – and fifty years ago it was even worse. "Detroit" is a simplistic, documentary-like retelling of a truly powerful story of police corruption, racism and self-righteousness to the point of obsession. But most importantly, it succeeds in demonstrating how so many lives can be affected when a person in a position of power lets blatant prejudice cloud their vision. That aside, I must say that at face value this is a bland and unremarkable filmmaking feat with a tedious length on it. The low quality definition, jolty shots and mixed, overlapping sound certainly succeeds in giving off the distinct impression that one is viewing a documentary, but consequently I found that I was not invested in the storyline as early on as I ought to have been – perhaps because both the lead characters and the main plot were introduced unusually late into the spectrum of things. However this made for a strong foundation to build off and I think that the disappointment of characters with painfully limited backstories and no obvious motivations for their actions is outweighed by their drastic and rapid evolution as people – in fact I would say that it is more pronounced because of it. The acting is, of course, very strong. The aspect that I like most about this film is that it is not overdramatised. It feels true, it feels real – and as this is a real story once lived by real people, some of whom are still alive today, I think that is important. Of course this piece is no less flawed than any other, but it is an informative watch and one that everyone – especially the younger generations – need to see. I only wish I had reviewed it sooner.