I wanted to see Detroit after watching the trailer. It looked like it was going to be an interesting look at the historic (and still ongoing) racial issues with the American Police force. I also wanted to see John Boyega outside of the Star Wars universe. What I overlooked is that this was another directorial outing for Kathryn Bigelow, whose two best known films, The Hurt Locker and Zero Dark Thirty just didn’t resonate with me.
Which leads me to a probably unpopular opinion: Detroit was a missed opportunity.
Parts of the film are great, but it’s been cobbled together with mediocre and archival footage, which never works well.
It also relies on a dumb audience that is going to find the subject shocking. Sure, it should be shocking, and parts of it still raise the hairs on your arms, but all in all it relies too much on shock value. But if you’re interested in the subject matter you’ll have already seen plenty of evidence that proves the American Police force to be culpable of rampant racism. Bigelow fails to bring anything new to the table.
Rating: R16 Violence, cruelty & offensive language.