Movie tip: "Detroit" is a visceral film-going experience

Movie tip

Detroit

Director Kathryn Bigelow does nothing if not create a visceral film-going experience. Her drama about how, in 1967, racial unrest in Detroit exploded into violence puts viewers inside the action — and I do mean action. As she did with “The Hurt Locker” and “Zero Dark Thirty,” Bigelow is all about a sense of immediacy. Here, punches are thrown and guns are shot as white law enforcement figures chase and beat black citizens, and angry mobs riot. Even if “Detroit” captures the feel of the times (and echoes today’s conflicts), the script could have benefited from focusing more on individuals and their stories. And a personal movie-going plea to Bigelow: for motion-sickness-afflicted people like me, a little less shakiness of the handheld camera would be much appreciated.

 

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