Benjamin Maio Mackay
Detroit - 5 Stars
Harrowing, intense film has phenomenal performances.
Fact-based drama set during the 1967 Detroit riots in which a group of rogue police officers respond to a complaint with retribution rather than justice on their minds.
It’s an ambitious undertaking covering so much ground in so little time (well, 2hrs 23 minutes). Writer Mark Boal has exquisitely written a fact-based script that not only sets mood, tone and educates, but creates characters who are well-rounded and easy to connect with. John Boeya gives a performance worthy of an Oscar. Anthony Mackie has a small role, but is also excellent. Will Poulter plays one of the villains of the piece and does so with ease. He underplays the role excellently. Algee Smith and Jacob Latimore make up the rest of the lead cast and are all exceptional.
Overall visually stunning, intense from start to finish and very powerful. A must-see movie.
Review by Benjamin Maio Mackay
Screening courtesy of eOne Entertainment