Detroit ★★★

Interesting but flawed film that ahistorically sells the perennial "few rotten apples" myth of police racism and corruption. It's not difficult to imagine a black director would have understood the institutional nature of these issues instinctively.

Furthermore, Boyega's potentially interesting character and the motivations for his actions are wholly undeveloped. As for rhe trial section in the last third, it added little more than "white cops got away with murder in the 60s". This is hardly news: indeed, it has hardly changed 50 years on, demonstrating Bigelow's absolute tin ear for social context, despite the other qualities the film may possess.