Race relations in this country have always been tense, but few times have been as destructive as the 1967 Detroit riots. Beginning with a series of arrests and ending with one of the worst riots in American history. The film revolves around a shooting at the Algiers Motel which quickly gets out of hand after a trio of cops begin interrogating guests. The film shines a light on the racist policemen and on the innocent victims forced to play their sadistic games. The film paints a scary picture of the relationship between cops and the poor African-Americans living in the heart of Detroit, but it also addresses the indifference of the legal system. Kathryn Bigelow is a master of handling sensitive subjects and this one is no different, even if her view is slightly one-sided, it’s hard not to side with the victims of this tragedy.
Well-written and thought-provoking, this one needs to be watched for its place in racial adversity.
A great character study that never quite lives up to its message, I give it…
3.5 out of 5