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The oddly beautiful documentary made by Heidi Ewing and Rachel Gray is subtler and richer than its blunt title suggests.
What the movie captures overall looks like a scene from a sci-fi, postapocalyptic nightmare.
Imagine if Frederick Wiseman and David Lynch had a bastard child, and you'll get a sense of the movie's off-kilter aesthetic, a potent and pointed mix of firsthand observation and surreal flights of fancy.
Detropia offers no solution to this crisis, and indeed there may be none. This documentary is more eulogy and elegy.
That Detropia won't be just another well-reported urban obituary is clear from the film's arresting opening moments.
Despite its emotional coldness, the film still manages to end on a note of something like hope.
The title is an imagined word to describe a hard-to-imagine (but very real) place. Combine "Detroit" and "dystopia" (the opposite of utopia) and Detropia is what you get.
More impressionistic than enlightening, Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady's Detropia introduces us to some interesting citizens of Detroit and gives them a welcome opportunity to speak for themselves, but reveals little we don't already know.
Seems to be looking for answers, but the ones it finds are too close to the surface to be satisfying.
We are left to ponder whether this nightmare might be a harbinger of America's economic prospects. And that is a scary thought indeed.

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