Number of Times Seen – 1 (5 Dec 2017)
Brief Synopsis – Depiction of the events of the Algiers hotel during the rioting in Detroit in 1967.
My Take on it – Having grown up in the suburbs of Detroit, I was quite excited to see this movie when I heard about it since I knew that there were riots in the 60’s, but didn’t really know much about the actual events that took place.
This film does a great job focusing on the events of the Algiers Hotel and they are able to keep the tension level rising throughout the story.
Love dthe way that we get to see how both sides are motivated by fear which can lead to so many different kinds of outcomes.
After having seen this, I’m glad that I wasn’t aware of what happened before watching it because it allowed me to feel the tension of everything going on wiithout knowing where it would eventually lead.
The film runs a bit too long for its own good and during the first 2/3 of it, there are scenes that move along a bit too slowly.
To compensate for that, they rush through the events of the final 1/3 which also doesn’t help much to keep things in perspective.
Bottom Line – Does a great job showing how everyone involved in these events acted and reacted out of pure fear. The tension is built up really well and I’m actually glad that I personally didn’t know anything about the story before I saw this because it helped keep things surprising. The runtime is a bit too long for its own good and since the main story runs too long, the final 1/3 feels too rushed. Recommended!
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Director Kathryn Bigelow was inspired to unearth this event by the Ferguson (MO) riots (Aug. 2014) where an unarmed black teenager was fatally shot by a white police officer. (From IMDB)
Rating – Globe Worthy
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