By Angie Raphael

4.5 stars 

This harrowing true story is so gripping to watch you do not even notice the running time is almost two-and-a-half hours. Detroit chronicles the infamous 1967 Algiers Motel incident when three black teenagers were killed by policemen during a raid and several other people were allegedly tortured. The ordeal these people endured is horrific and completely unjustifiable. Certain facts remain disputed or unknown so screenwriter Mark Boal has taken some liberties, which are admitted in a disclaimer at the film's conclusion, but the essence of the story is true. The entire cast is fantastic, especially John Boyega as a security guard, Anthony Mackie playing a war veteran and Algee Smith who portrays former Dramatics singer Larry Reed. Will Poulter is also brilliant as one of the most despicable and sickening characters on screen this year, seemingly created from a combination of several officers. Kathryn Bigelow has sensitively directed yet another great film with a powerful message. The events are infuriating, and disappointingly, still an issue the United States and other countries are regularly confronting and failing to overcome. Film is art but it also reflects society, sometimes in ways many of us would like to ignore, but it is impossible not to be affected by Detroit.