Detroit Unleaded offers a refreshing and light-hearted take on the traditional "boy meets girl" story. The main character, Sami, is working at his family's local gas station in Detroit when he first meets Najlah. But, in true romantic film fashion, Najlah worries that her old brother would not approve of the potential relationship. What makes this film such a hidden gem and true fresh of breath air is the realistic chemistry between the two main characters on screen. The fact that first time director Role Nashef filmed and casted in Detroit adds a lot of genuine cinematography and middle-eastern cultural background to the storyline. There's a particular scene when a character in the gas station tells a customer "
if you get to a red light, it's Detroit. Keep going!" I thought this scene was hilarious! It captured the cultural setting of Detroit and humor of the film in one great line. It's a wonderful thing to see new and upcoming filmmakers creating films that exhibit a genuine sense of honesty and charm. Looking forward to Nashef's next directorial effort!