Annapurna/First Light (Kathryn Bigelow, Mark Boal, Matthew
Budman, Megan Ellison & Colin Wilson)
USA 🇺🇸 2017
W: Mark Boal
DP: Barry Ackroyd
Ed: William Goldenberg
Mus: James Newton Howard
John Boyega (Melvin Dismukes), Will
Poulter (Philip Krauss), Algee Smith (Larry Reed), Jacob Latimore (Fred Temple), Jason Mitchell (Carl Cooper), Hannah Murray (Julie Ann), Kaitlyn Dever (Karen), Anthony Mackie
Set during the 1967 Detroit riots, Kathryn Bigelow's crime
drama focuses mostly on events before, during and after the Algiers Motel Incident, where three black teenagers were shot dead by police officers in what was alleged to be racially-motivated
With the truth behind the events sketchy, the film pieces the
blanks together with realistic conviction, but the film also seems willing to stoke a fire during a time when racial tension in America is incredibly fractious, especially with an ending where no
justice is served to those who should have been found guilty.
The ensemble cast all do a great job, particularly John
Boyega, Algee Smith & Will Poulter, and Kathryn Bigelow's direction is gripping throughout. Surprisingly, the film was a flop during its cinema run, despite glowing reviews from critics.
Perhaps its audience is still waiting to discover it.