Detroit, one of this year’s most critically acclaimed films, hits Blu-ray and DVD December 12 via Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment. The project spotlights the civil unrest which impacted the city in 1967. A huge portion of the film details the Algiers Motel Incident in which police officers used abusive questioning tactics to several Black teenagers and a white woman. Dubbed the Detroit Uprising, the event claimed the lives of 43 people and led to the burning and looting of over 2,500 stores. Algee Smith (Earth to Echo), John Boyega (Star Wars: The Force Awakens), and Anthony Mackie (Captain America: Civil War) co-star in the feature.
Extras on both the Blu-ray and DVD versions include five featurettes (“The Truth of Detroit,” “The Cast of Detroit,” “The Invasion of Detroit,” “The Hope of Detroit,” “Detroit – Then and Now”) and the music video “Glow” (featuring Algee Smith and Larry Reed from The Dramatics).
This month Motown Records will release the official soundtrack to Detroit, director Kathryn Bigelow’s latest collaboration with writer Mark Boal (Zero Dark Thirty, The Hurt Locker).
Along with featuring songs that are infused with the “Motown Sound,” the picture will also feature “It Ain’t Fair,” a new song that features The Roots drummer Questlove and Bilal.
“‘It Ain’t Fair’ was designed to emphasize the importance of social justice through the prism of late-sixties Detroit, which means many things culturally and politically, and also certain things musically,” said Questlove, a Grammy wining artist who, along with serving as a producer on Hamilton, created the music site Okayplayer.
With Bigelow’s last two films drawing its share of critical acclaim and Oscar attention, it’s a safe bet that Detroit will reach similar heights.
Starring John Boyega and Anthony Mackie, Detroit opens nationwide August 4.
One of this year’s most anticipated movies is Detroit, director Kathryn Bigelow’s latest collaboration with screenwriter Mark Boal. Bigelow’s last film was 2012’s acclaimed Zero Dark Thirty, and now she chronicles the five days of civil unrest that occurred over five days in the Michigan city.
The latest trailer features John Boyega (Star Wars: The Force Awakens) as a police officer who’s questioned about an incident which killed three youths. Although the officer is attempting to bring the truth to the forefront, the investigators may be concocting their own version of what really happened. This possible frame job is juxtaposed against the backdrop of the violence and tensions that erupt in Detroit, with Bigelow infusing her trademark documentary feel in to the proceedings.
Detroit, co-starring Will Poulter, John Krasinski, and Anthony Mackie opens August 4. Check out the trailer below and tell us what you think!
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!
The evil that men do, a violence that may even be inflicted upon their loved ones and friends, runs through much of director John Hillcoat’s work (The Proposition, The Road, Lawless), and he explores similar terrain in his Atlanta, Georgia based action thriller Triple 9.
The film’s moniker refers to the police code of “officer down,” and a group of corrupt cops and ex-military contractors (Chiwetel Ejiofor, Anthony Mackie, Clifton Collins Jr., Norman Reedus, Aaron Paul) will attempt to pull off a “triple 9” to help pull off an ambitious heist. Principled cop Chris Allen (Casey Affleck) is the intended victim, and after he’s shot the squad cars will drive to his location, thus giving the crooks free reign to commit robbery on another side of town. Woody Harrelson, who worked with Affleck in Out of the Furnace, plays Chris’ uncle, a detective who is one step ahead of the game.
Pulling the strings is Irina Vaslov (Kate Winslet), an Israeli-Russian mob wife who strong arms Michael’s (Chiwetel Ejiofor) crew into this operation, and although they have committed various heights and criminal activities for her organization, this mission’s booty will help free her husband from jail. Gal Gadot co-stars as Irina’s sister Elena, who’s also the ex-lover of Michael and mother to his son. As tragedy befalls his friends and danger knocks on his son’s doorstep, Michael is pressured into Irina’s demands, setting off a destructive chain of events.
Triple 9’s opening moments, which shows the crew robbing a bank and engaging in a highway shootout, contains the viscerally charged action that’s a Hillcoat trademark, and it favorably brings back memorably of Michael Mann’s top notch feature Heat. And like Heat, the movie attempts to fully flesh out the lives of several characters, thus housing all those bullets and gunplay in a seemingly expansive universe.
The film’s stellar ensemble, coupled with several immersive action scenes, are the main reasons to watch Triple 9. Winslet, in a deliciously role, is a surprisingly intimidating villain and Affleck, recently seen in The Finest Hours,is again on point as a grace under pressure lawman. However, Triple 9’s storyline is spread too thin, and by the film’s closing credits most of these characters will simply fade into the distance. Hillcoat shouldn’t be faulted for his ambition, but attempting to stuff several main characters into this eventually over baked story just doesn’t cut it.
If you love action movies and want to see some of cinema’s top actors strut their stuff, then Triple 9 is worth a look, even if you won’t be coming back for seconds.
For a further discussion on Triple 9, check out the latest episode of the movie review podcast CinemAddicts.