IT’S TIME WE KNEW.
During the 1967 riots in Detroit, local cops and National Guardsmen barge into a motel where they believe a sniper could be hiding; what follows has long-term consequences for the cops and their victims… Another reality-based, intense drama from Kathryn Bigelow and Mark Boal who dive into the dirty and ever relevant history of racial clashes in America. Watching how white cops abused the young, black men and white women at the Algiers Motel is effectively staged and infuriating. The filmmakers are juggling several perspectives and characters with not entirely satisfying results, but the fierce, hand-held chaos and strong performances draw you in.
2017-U.S. 143 min. Color. Produced by Kathryn Bigelow, Mark Boal, Matthew Budman, Megan Ellison, Colin Wilson. Directed by Kathryn Bigelow. Screenplay: Mark Boal. Cast: John Boyega (Melvin Dismukes), Will Poulter (Philip Krauss), Algee Smith (Larry Reed), Jacob Latimore, Jason Mitchell, Hannah Murray… John Krasinski, Anthony Mackie.
Trivia: A song on the soundtrack, ”Grow”, was written by Smith and performed by him and the person he plays in the movie, former Dramatics singer Larry Reed.
Last word: “For me, if you are serious about this and if you are approaching this with respect and integrity, you’ll be willing to listen, you’ll have the right people around you, and also you will give the actors – especially the black actors on set – the best opportunity to portray these characters. [Bigelow] did all of that. She approached it with respect, she had integrity. She was open to different ideas.” (Boyega, Indiewire)