The Trailer for “Detroit” hit the internet last week and caused a firestorm on social media. From those intrigued by the period in history and those enraged by the depiction of the city of Detroit.
Detroit according to the wiki plot synopsis is about, ‘A police raid in Detroit in 1967 results in one of the largest citizen uprisings in United States history. The story is centered around The Algiers Motel Incident, which occurred in Detroit, Michigan on July 25, 1967, during the racially charged 12th Street Riot. It involves the death of three black men and the brutal beatings of nine other people: seven black men and two white women”. The film stars John Boyega as Melvin Dismukes, a security guard that gets caught up in the riot and is directed by Kathryn Bigelow, director of 1991’s Point Break, 2008’s The Hurt Locker and 2012’s Zero Dark Thirty.
All the outrage seems to stem from people being upset that again the city of Detroit is on centre stage again from something done wrong and that they feel that this movie will re-enforce the stereotype that Detroit is a bad city. To that is say this was an historical event that lasted 4 days and resulted in 43 dead, 1,189 injured, over 7,200 arrests, and more than 2,000 buildings destroyed and it all happened in Detroit. Only the LA riots and 1863 draft riots in New York. You cannot ignore history or you are doomed to repeat it.
I for one am excited to see this movie. I love John Boyega all the way back from his movies like, ” Attack the Block” all the way up to starring as Finn in the new Star Wars movies. Plus I am a sucker for historical dramas because I feel like someone who might be turned off to learning about a event in school might see a movie about the event and from the movie might want to do their own research on said event. I feel like the story of the Detroit riots is something that should not be hidden but told.