Details from IMDB:
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.
I’ll admit that we planned to see “The Dark Tower” but I messed up and went to a store and in the end we missed the showing. The good news, however, is that we did see this movie and since I’ve heard Dark Tower was crappy, I think it worked out for the best.
This movie had good reviews and I could see why. Excellent acting all around and the fact that it’s still timely (movie is set in ’67) is both good and bad. Good of course that people can learn a lesson of how NOT to handle situations, bad that hate, bigotry and police brutality is still alive and well.
While this is a based on a true story, it does say at the end though that some scenes are imagined due to conflicting accounts, I will admit that I was not aware of the riots that happened in Detroit or the horrible actions of police. As such I’ll do this spoiler free.
This movie shows how inequality and racism can lead to violence, looting, vandalism and sadly, deaths. It also shows how easy it is for police to abuse their authority and how rotten the court systems can be (I hope at least that part is better in 2017). While I enjoyed this movie I did feel that as if often the case it just goes on too long. At least 30 minutes could have been removed and nothing taken away from the story.
An important movie for anyone to watch. Hatred and bigotry has to end, I’m not a religious person but it’s easy to see we are all on this fragile world together, anything that divides us only makes humanity weaker. Ok enough philosophy, due to violence, nudity and coarse language please no children, ages 17+. I give this a solid 7.5 out of 10 and recommend it to anyone who is not bothered by the subject. I’ll also add it’s good to see John Boyega (Finn from Star Wars) getting some different roles, he really shows some range here. I also enjoyed seeing Anthony Mackie (Falcon from the Marvel movies) do the same.