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There is no nice or pretty way to tell a story about the systemic oppression and mistreatment of black people in the United States. It's fitting then that Kathryn Bigelow's "Detroit," an account of the murders of three unarmed black men in the Algiers Motel in July 1967, is neither. It might be the only true way to tell this story and it's not for everyone.To set the stage for the Algiers Motel, Bigelow begins by speeding through the history of black people in United States with animated acrylics and pounding music – emancipation, the great migration, white flight and the racist zoning practices that led to the overcrowding of black residents in urban pockets.Bigelow collaborated again with screenwriter Mark Boal on "Detroit," which is perfectly evocative of this specific time and place but lacking the perspective and illumination that one might hope a 50-year-old event would warrant.Maybe not feeling satisfied with "Detroit" is the point.
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