There are some parallels between Jordan Peele’s dark comedy Get Out and Katherine Bigelow’s Detroit. At the centre of the latter, a film set in the heat of the 1967 Detroit riots and uprising, is the incendiary matter of race relations, made even more so by the portrayals of vicious police brutality and at its strongest points, Bigelow harnesses absolute terror out of the mundane, much like in Get Out, only through an obviously more serious and frightening lens than in Peele's enjoyable film.
Kathryn Bigelow follows-up her Oscar winning military/war-based dramas "The Hurt Locker" and "Zero Dark Thirty" with a look at the 1967 Detroit riots, specifically shedding light on an incident in American history that most people don't know much about. "Detroit" does include authentic newsreel footage, but this is not a standard docu-drama. Rather, it's a dramatized account of the "true story", with some of the core facts at the forefront. Bigelow makes this clear with a rare 'disclaimer' at the end of the film.