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Detroit: a thunderbolt of a movie. Beautifully filmed and acted. Not just simmering, exploding. Edge of the seat horror (proper horror at what humans might do to humans, not spectral blood dribbling out of walls nonsense); fear of what might unfold, fear for what did unfold. Genuinely uneasy viewing. I’d not heard of the Algeria motel “incident” as the history books seem to call the murder of 3 black youths by white police (don’t worry that’s not a spoiler, there’s tons more going on). 50 years and so little has changed.

I’ve seen Bigelow’s last three films, she is a major force. I can’t think of anyone else making films so muscular and filled with tension.

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