Wow. This is such a great film. I mean, it is so intense and gripping that I never once wanted to look away.
It tells the story of a group of people caught up in the riots in Detroit in 1967, and how police corruption and racism resulted in murder and horrible terrible injustices.
I’ll admit that I knew nothing about the riots in Detroit. I knew there were riots and trouble in America at the time, but no specifics. From what I recall from history there was mention of civil rights movements and the like, but it was mainly how they had influenced the Northern Irish civil rights movement…
So I went into the film not knowing anything really about the situation in Detroit at the time. ((was there some mention of riots in A Thig Na Tit Orm Irish peoples. I know he wasn’t in Detroit but I have recollections of that. Although i could be mixing it up with something else.)) But you don’t need to know any background, you don’t need in depth knowledge of the racism and corruption that was around then. You only have to think about the stories you hear about today, and then multiply that and you have some idea.
Also, Irish people, please be aware that all you peeps who give out about how terrible racism in the US is and yet feel just fine moaning about Travellers and saying sure they’re all whatever. That is the same thing! Ireland has a huge number of racists. We’re no better than the states so get off that high horse of yours.
Back to the film.
Seriously it is so worth a watch. I would highly recommend it. It tells a difficult upsetting story well, and makes you feel like you are in the middle of it. And it highlighted just endemic racism and corruption was at the time. Even those who disagreed with what was going on simply ignored it and didn’t want to get involved. Sayings about evil triumphing when people do nothing certainly springs to mind.
I though that Dunkirk was an intense watch. But this felt even more gut-wrenching somehow.
If you haven’t seen it please find some way to watch it.