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Detroit Trailer Promises a Dramatic, Gritty Look at the 1967 Detroit Riots

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This trailer for Kathryn Bigelow’s Detroit is about as moody and gritty as they come, which seems to be a real hallmark of Bigelow’s work—not that there’s anything wrong with that. More importantly, though, after spending time abroad looking in on stories of U.S. soldiers and agents in wartime, she’s turned her sights to the homeland, choosing to focus on the riots that consumed much of Detroit in 1967. This trailer does an excellent job of drawing up the setting and pulling in the story, especially if you (god forbid) know nothing about the riots that occurred just 50 years ago.

Some excellent names are attached to this film, including John Boyega (Star Wars: The Force AwakensAttack the Block), Anthony Mackie (The Hurt LockerCaptain America: Civil War), Tyler James Williams (Everybody Loves ChrisDear White People), Jason Mitchell (Kong: Skull IslandStraight Outta Compton), Jacob Lattimore (The Maze RunnerCollateral Beauty), and more.

Joining them are John Krasinski (13 HoursThe Office), Kaitlyn Dever (Short Term 12), Will Poulter (The RevenantThe Maze Runner), Jack Reynor (Sing Street), and Hannah Murray (Game of ThronesSkins).

Mark Boal, Bigelow’s previous writing collaborator on Zero Dark Thirty and The Hurt Locker, took care of the screenplay as well.

The trailer promises a lot of drama, tension, and grittiness in that way that only Bigelow can deliver. And again, it’s truly an ensemble cast, one that is sure to make this a movie a can’t-miss … I hope, at least. It’s a gripping story, and more importantly, it’s a story that seems all too poignant given the world in which we live now (which seems to be something I’ve been typing a lot lately, wonder why).

Detroit opens in theaters this summer, August 4th.

(via Birth.Movies.Death. image: screengrab)

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