As someone who was born in Detroit, I would be interested in a film about this story no matter who was telling it. But the fact that it comes from Bigelow, with a cast that includes John Boyega, Anthony Mackie, Jason Mitchell, Jack Reynor, John Krasinski, Will Poulter, and Jacob Latimore makes Detroit one of the must-see event films of 2017. Bigelow specializes in hard-nosed, visceral, gritty cinematic portrayals of important events, devoid of the jingoism that defines the work of a filmmaker like Peter Berg or Michael Bay. As controversial as Zero Dark Thirty's portrayal of torture was, the film was straight-forward and direct, told with as much objectivity as humanly possible. I have a feeling that Detroit will be told in a similar fashion, and I'm excited that Bigelow gets the chance to explore a scenario that features more human passion and intensity. Because while the filmmaker did some truly fascinating character work on her two most recent films, they were still rather clinical affairs. Detroit is a messy, bloody, gripping story, and Bigelow's touch will bring this to life in spectacular fashion. August has been looking like a cinematic black hole ever since Baby Driver fled to June, so I'm very excited that Detroit will be breathing some life into a ho-hum month. Who knows, it may even appear in the Cannes lineup come tomorrow morning.
Detroit hits theaters on August 4. Expect this to be one of the most talked-about films of the summer.