Fifth about The Seventh

Detroit (2017)

Detroit: director Kathryn Bigelow is aware that nothing can be as terrifying as the reality; it was 50 years ago, when the story of this film takes place, and it still is. The story evolves with growing tension, and it’s easy to get emotionally involved with the main characters. The acting is very strong; Will Poulter, as the main villain, exudes malevolence (in spite of his youthful looks; that opposition works really well), John Boyega is also fine; but it’s Algee Smith that is the true heart of the movie (and showcases a nice singing voice as well). The handheld camerawork by Barry Ackroyd is the perfect stylistic choice for this material, as it greatly enhances the energy and anxiety of the relevant scenes; the grainy aspect also lends it a sense of reality. Art direction and costume design are also spot-on. This all adds up to one powerful and relevant experience.

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