Despite winning Best Director Oscar for “The Hurt Locker”, Kathryn Bigelow is still somehow underrated. She has a terrifically visceral style of storytelling that makes her films so compelling. Maybe it’s down to the fact that she’s a woman operating in Hollywood, a primarily White Boys Club. Or maybe she’s just been very picky with her material, resulting in output only every 5 years or so on average. That’s not quite enough to keep her on the radar. But when she does show up, boy does she put on a show.
Her latest, “Detroit”, promises to be just as riveting a watch as ever. The subject matter is already pretty powerful, and from this first footage it looks like Bigelow has nailed the necessary tension and explosive fury of a very dark time in American history. She also appears to have eked some solid performances out of John Boyega and Anthony Mackie.
Here’s the official summary: “Detroit offers a crime drama set against the backdrop of Detroit’s 1967 riots, a gripping story of one of the darkest moments during the civil unrest that rocked Detroit during that summer. The release date will coincide with the 50th anniversary of the riots.
The film stars an ensemble cast comprised of John Boyega, Will Poulter, Algee Smith, Jacob Latimore, Jason Mitchell, Hannah Murray, Kaitlyn Dever, Jack Reynor, Ben O’Toole, Joseph David Jones, Ephraim Sykes, Leon Thomas III, Nathan Davis Jr., Peyton Alex Smith, Malcolm David Kelley, Gbenga Akinnabve, Chris Chalk, Jeremy Strong, Laz Alonzo, Austin Hebert, Miguel Pimentel, Kris Davis, with John Krasinski and Anthony Mackie.
Detroit is the second feature collaboration between Annapurna and Kathryn Bigelow, who previously worked together, alongside Boal, on the Oscar-winning film, Zero Dark Thirty. Bigelow is producing the film with Annapurna’s Megan Ellison and Matthew Budman. Mark Boal, who penned the script, and Colin Wilson are also producers with Greg Shapiro executive producing.”
“Detroit” premieres 4th August in the US. It’s unlikely to get a local release, considering the content.