Detour Blu-ray Review
“Detour” is a forgettable thriller/noir.
Angry and sad that his mother is in a coma possibly due to his stepfather’s carelessness, Harper thinks about getting revenge against his stepdad after a chance encounter with a criminal (Johnny) at a bar. The following morning, this revenge fantasy looks to become a reality as Johnny shows up at Harper’s doorstep (with his dancer friend Cherry) to do the job for Harper for a fee of course. Now, the 3 are on the road to Las Vegas where the stepdad apparently is. However, this seemingly simple road trip is anything but when Johnny’s debts and Harper’s past wind up complicating matters.
Looking at the cover, one might think “Detour” is either a “Drive” wannabe or some “Fast and the Furious” knockoff. Surprisingly, it’s neither. Instead, it’s an uninspired modern neo-noir/crime thriller that wishes it was a 90’s Tarantino film.
Writer/Director Christopher Smith has found some success in the horror genre with indie favorites like “Creep” and “Severance,” but he seems out of his element here in a different genre. “Detour” is the type of film that thinks it’s being clever, but it’s a rather by the film book story about decisions that attempts to impress viewers with glossy cinematography, twists and turns, and talented young cast members. Sure, it’s watchable and manages to hold your interest most of the time, but that’s hardly high praise. More often than not you’re left wanting more characterization, more depth, and more of an emotional connection to anything going on on screen.
As for the cast, they all commit to their roles, but I couldn’t help but wish they were in a better movie. It’s rather head scratching as to why Tye Sheridan is in this given that his career is skyrocketing. Same goes for up and comers
Emory Cohen (who is great in “Place Beyond the Pines”) and the talented Bel Powley who is best known for “The Diary of a Teenage Girl.”
Presentation: 2.39:1 1080p. How does it look? A bright and solid hi-def transfer.
Audio Track: 5.1 DTS-HD MA. How does it sound? The DTS track does the job.
* “Detour” trailer and Magnolia/Magnet trailers.
* Nearly 6 ½ minutes of deleted scenes.
* Separate interviews with Christopher Smith and Tye Sheridan.
* The 8 minute “A Detour With The Cast And Crew: The Characters And Filmmaking” contains discussions about the story, style, characters, and so on.
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