Five Reasons You’ll Love It - January 5, 2018

Detroit - Five Reasons You’ll Love It
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Detroit - Five Reasons You’ll Love It

It took director Kathryn Bigelow five years to follow up her hugely successful and hard-hitting drama Zero Dark Thirty, but when Detroit arrived last summer, it ruffled just as many feathers.

John Boyega, Anthony Mackie and Jack Reynor lead this movie, which is set in the summer of 1967, we watch as a poorly planned police raid results in one of the largest citizen uprisings in United States history.

Starring alongside Boyega, Mackie and Reynor are Jason Mitchell, Hannah Murray, Will Poulter, Ben O'Toole and John Krasinski, with Bigelow working from a script from regular writing partner Mark Boal.

Detroit arrives on DVD shelves on Monday (January 8th) and is available to pre-order here in hmv’s online, but, back when the film was about to hit cinemas, we caught an early screening and have rounded up five reasons why you’ll love it…

Will Poulter is a revelation…

Poulter plays Philip Krauss, a police officer far more interesting in his own agenda than anything else. He's maddening to watch, but it's an incredible performance.


The supporting cast are great too…

Poulter steals the show, but there are also excellent turns from John Boyega, Anthony Mackie and Hannah Murray. Bigelow’s assembled an excellent ensemble for this fiery thriller.


It’s a tension-filled ride…

From the moment the film’s first frames appear, you can feel the tension heightening, it just builds and builds as the movie winds on, it’s completely captivating.


The period detail is incredible…

The clothes, the cars, the beer, the sodas, Bigelow and her team’s eye for detail is flawless and amazing to take in.


It keeps you engaged…

At 143 minutes, Detroit is not a short undertaking, but it’s well structured and doesn’t outstay its welcome. Screenwriter Mark Boal, Bigelow’s longtime collaborator, has done a superb job of compressing a complex series of events into action.


Detroit is released on DVD shelves on Monday (January 8th) and is available to pre-order here in hmv’s online store.

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