It's the kind of movie you can only really enjoy if you have a nostalgia for such things. Not that I am a native of Detroit, but it is sad just the same to see this once thriving city now viewed as Gothic ruins. However, the vampires, having been around at least since Christopher Marlowe's time, put the faded city into perspective, according it the beauty of a Piranesi etching.
Charlie LeDuff takes a decidedly different tone in his autopsy of his home city, picking through it as one would a victim on a medical examiner's stainless steel table. For him it is no longer frightening. The city has become forlorn and pathetic, giving off a stench that you can't seem to get rid of after you leave the coroner's room.
However, another native son, Mark Binelli, prefers to look at Detroit as a city re-emerging from the ashes and being reborn in a post-industrial age in his book Detroit City Is the Place to Be. Binelli looks at what is currently happening in the Motor City rather than what has happened. This makes for a much more positive book that gives readers hope that a city can be reborn. It is fast becoming the world's largest urban farm.
It really isn't that much of a stretch when you think about it. Cleveland, Pittsburgh and Cincinnati are Midwestern cities that have all managed to resurrect themselves. Once Detroit gets past its current financial woes one can easily imagine a transformation taking place. It just takes a little forward thinking to get moving again.