Detroit John Boyega as Melvin Dismukes

It’s Time We Knew.

Kathryn Bigelow’s incendiary fact-based drama thrusts us into the midst of the 1967 Detroit riots. Mixing archive footage and searing reconstructions, she right away immerses us in the fury, terror and confusion raging across the city. And when her focus narrows to a shocking episode of police brutality and racism at the Algiers Motel, where three white cops subjected a group of young black men and two white women to a terrifying ordeal, watching events unfold becomes almost unbearably harrowing.

Amid an excellent cast, two performances by British actors stand out. John Boyega is quietly charismatic as the anguished security guard caught up in the crisis, while Will Poulter oozes malignity as the cops’ bullying ringleader. In the era of Black Lives Matter, half a century on from the events it depicts, Bigelow’s movie couldn’t be timelier or more urgent.

Certificate 15. Runnint time 143 mins. Director Kathryn Bigelow

Detroit is available on Blu-ray, DVD & Digital from Entertainment One.