Lee's Review: "Detroit"

Beneath the sweet sounds of Motown, a storm was brewing in the Arsenal of Democracy that would scar the city forever.

Harsh interrogation tactics take a dark turn that alters lives and besmirches history. WLTX

(WLTX) - In the summer of 1967, the city of Detroit endured five days of chaos which resulted in 43 deaths, nearly 1,200 injuries and over 7,000 arrests.  The riots began when the police raided a speakeasy near 12th Street.  To help control the mayhem, the governor enlisted reinforcements like the National Guard.  But the effort to gain control culminated in complete disarray!

One of the tragic events, during the 12th Street Riot, was the Algiers Motel incident.  And that's the focus of our story here.  It began with the careless use of a "starter pistol" being fired to frighten the nearby authorities on patrol.  Suddenly, everyone inside the annex was subjected to severe interrogation in an attempt to unveil the anonymous "sniper." 

Since it's been fifty years, a lot of people may not be aware of these events.  I won't spoil things for anyone - but the last thing folks should expect is justice.  You could say that the movie itself is a small form of justice (or maybe an apology).  Either way, the film serves a strong purpose, if only to make sure that history doesn't repeat itself.

You won't find yourself smiling very much during "Detroit."  But time well spent still puts a smile on the Leemoji's face. 

It's a relief to know that this is far behind us.  But it's absolutely imperative that we never forget.  The Motor City is calling...and it's time to pick up.




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