I watched Detroit last night, which was very gripping and intense. The movie makes a lot of smart decisions in terms of what to show and when. All of the violence is awful and treated as such, with the aftermath and resulting effects of these acts (physical and emotional) receiving more of the focus than any moment of aggression.
John Boyega was fantastic too, his character really captured my imagination (he’s actually based on a real person) and the one lingering problem that I had with him was answered by the end.
This is powerful stuff, and understandably not an easy watch. So gripped was I, that when the composer was listed in the end credits I couldn’t recall hearing any score at all. The docudrama-handheld-Greengrass-style of cinematography really helped you feel like you were there. All of the camerawork seemed to be shot from places where people could be, most of it from ground level, making you an observer. It worked well for me.
In fact my only complaint is to do with the group of guys sat behind me who were talking occasionally and then laughing at inappropriate moments. Maybe these bits would have been moments of black comedy in a Coen brothers film, but here they were pitched as horror. The laughter probably added to the unease that I felt during the screening.