DVD - 2017
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Amidst the chaos of the Detroit Rebellion, with the city under curfew and as the Michigan National Guard patrolled the streets, three young African American men were murdered at the Algiers Motel.


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Apr 26, 2018

This two hour and fourteen minute film did seem long, and I think that it could have told the same unsettling fact based events of 1967 Detroit riots and of the three murders at the Algiers Hotel, in a shorter time.
This is an important subject of unjust racist police officers, and trigger happy National Guards that had done some time in Vietnam. It is still relevant, as there are still troubling times as racism still exists.
This was directed by 2010 Oscar winner for the Hurt Locker. Fine performers that briefly weave in and out of camera that I could not name, plus other fine performances by Will Poulter (Maze Runners: 2014 & 2018; We're The Millers: 2013), Anthony Mackie (Captain America 2014 & 2016; Avengers 2015 & 2018) and John Boyega (Star Wars: The Force Awakens: 2015 & Attack the Block: 2011).
The Eight and a half minute bonus have quick clips of interviews with director, Kathryn Bigelow, actors and some real former Detroit characters portrayed in the film. There is also a Three minutes and 14 second music video with the original Detroit band singer of the Dramatics (1964 - ).
This rating is lower due to the loose editing.

Apr 23, 2018

a stirring, and probably important, representation, indeed indictment, of an event that took place in Detroit that many years ago - powerful, but long

Apr 03, 2018

I gave this 3 stars although I couldn't finish watching it. It is tense, dark, full of violence. I found it too upsetting to watch because it is a true story. How could a commander put a cop back on the street moments after telling him he is going to have that officer charged with murder? (Insert rant here about police culture run amok in areas where "black" is the enemy.)

Mar 29, 2018

Cops can be just as dirty as the people the come up against but who protects us from them? Most of the people that were on those streets should not have been there. And the dirty police well thank God all of them are not like that and just remember no one ever get away. God sees everything.

Mar 26, 2018

The police are the only people who have ever intentionally aimed guns at me. I have always been unarmed. If I was not a white boy, I am sure I'd have been shot on several occasions.

Mar 20, 2018

Dramatization of the Detroit riots of 1967 centered around the deaths of three black men at the Algiers Motel. The cops are the bad guys in this version of the events. Pretty disgusting time in the history of Detroit.

Mar 18, 2018

“This may be the point that racist violence reduces its victims to an atrocious nothingness. But the unrelenting atrocity, so lacking in dramatic or emotional modulation, becomes numbing.” I copied that from Peter Rainer of the Christian Science Monitor because I couldn’t have said it better. Hate, violence, cruelty is wrong. A person in power inflicting it is a horrible dickhead. But, there was a cap gun fired. I like these kind of docudramas that show the real people at the end and what happened to them.

Mar 05, 2018

Gets you in the guts, we were calling for justice with outrage nearly all the way through.....and loud! Kathryn Bigelow knows how to put a movie together, this is one good movie.....

Mar 02, 2018

I don’t think this movie was only about racism. When I was a young white boy, I had run-ins with the police similar to what was seen in this movie. Not nearly as intense of course – I was never struck or shot, but the Minneapolis police bullied me repeatedly in the 1950s. They didn’t think a 15 year old (legal age to get a license back then) should be driving a car.
The bullies in the movie were picking mostly on people of color but what makes so many join the police force is the anger and need to abuse anybody. That hasn’t changed. Police may shoot unarmed citizens with no danger of conviction. Look at the cop that shot Philando Castile, or the black cop that shot the Australian women – not guilty.
The movie brought the anger of the pigs home. What we need to do is disarm the police force, Like the British Bobbies were for so long.

Feb 28, 2018

Almost too painful to watch. Heartbreaking story based on real events.

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Feb 26, 2018

You shot him in the back.
-Right. He was... He was running away from me. Where else do you
want me to shoot?
My point was him being no threat to you.
-In hindsight, but I'm thinking, ...why is he running away from me, ...if all he did was steal some groceries? What if he killed somebody in that grocery store? He's avoiding the police. What do you assume from that?
You don't assume. If he had a weapon in his hand, that's another story. We don't shoot for robberies.
-Detective, you know it's a war zone out there, right? Yeah. 10th had to shut down. They're destroying the city. We're facilitating that with the message we send, ...which is that it's okay, go ahead, burn down your houses, ...rob a store. It's total chaos. And... Where does that lead us long term, Detective?


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