Director Kathryn Bigelow takes several years between films, as her last two films (The Hurt Locker and Zero Dark Thirty) attest, the anticipation is only outmatched by its execution. With Detroit, she reteams with screenwriter Mark Boal for a look at the 12th street riot in 1967 that claimed the lives of 43 people. During these five days of civil unrest, over 7,000 people were arrested and 1,000 buildings damaged. Over 9,000 members of the U.S. National Guard, as well as 800 Michigan state police and the U.S. army were tasked with putting an end the rioting.
Considering their successful union with Zero Dark Thirty and The Hurt Locker, Bigelow and Boal have another Oscar contender on their hands with Detroit. Race relations and political unrest is an evergreen topic, and whether it’s police brutality or the immigration issue, the themes behind Detroit is still relevant some forty years later.
Co-starring John Boyega, Anthony Mackie, Will Poulter, and John Krasinski, Detroit opens nationwide August 4th. Check out the trailer below and tell us what you think!