Blu-ray Review: DETOUR

DETOUR was written and directed by Christopher Smith and stars Tye Sheridan, Bel PowleyEmory Cohen, Stephen Moyer, Jared Abrahamson, Reine Swart and John Lynch.

Harper (Tye Sheridan), a seemingly naive law student, obsesses over the idea that his shifty stepfather was involved in the devastating car crash that left his mother hospitalized and comatose. He drowns his suspicions in whiskey until he finds himself suddenly engrossed in conversation with volatile grifter Johnny (Emory Cohen) and his stripper companion, Cherry (Bel Powley). As daylight breaks and the haziness of promises made becomes clearer, how will Harper handle the repercussions (not to mention the violent duo—on his doorstep)? Employing a split-narrative structure to tell this tale of deception and murder, Christopher Smith takes his audience on a thrill ride full of hairpin turns, where it’s never quite clear what or who can be trusted.

Let’s get to the three central characters that Detour follows on this exciting road trip to Vegas. Harper is this rich likable kid who isn’t given too much credit in the smarts department when the movie begins but as his story plays out, the viewer finds out just how slick this guy actually is. He makes some bad decisions but he covers his tracks really well. Tye Sheridan does a fantastic job with this interesting lead character of his. Next up there’s Johnny Ray, a sleazy tough guy who is a desperate man needing to make some quick cash and he’ll do just about anything to do it. Emory Cohen delivers the goods when it comes to this sleazy character because he sells it with Johnny Ray. Finally there’s Cherry who is caught in the middle of this insane road trip but she’s also an important part to everybody’s story going on. She’s another flawed character that has made some bad choices but she’s also a good person who doesn’t deserve everything that’s been dished out on her. I really enjoyed Bel Powley’s performance as this lovable stripper who goes along for a ride and as her story plays out, she decides to makes some changes in her life.

The packaging comes with a slipcover. The front features the artwork you see up top and the back includes movie details, some images and list of special features. The Blu-ray disc also features some matching artwork. Inserting the disc, the menu screen was simple and easy to navigate. The picture and sound quality for this high-definition disc were crisp and clear. I didn’t have any issues with the video and audio.

Bottom line is, Detour ended up being a fantastic modern day noir-style thrillride that centers around this young man’s limitations when they are tested. It’s one of those movies that you hear so much good stuff about and when you finally check it out, it simply surpasses all expectations and then some. The story is smart and complex and the movie is full of twists so just when you think you’ve figured it all out, another curve ball is thrown at you. Christopher Smith does a great job telling this story and not cheating the viewer with some of the same old tricks that so many movies try to pull on the viewers. Sure, these are pretty much the same old tricks and twists but they’re done in a smart way that ultimately pays off as the movie plays out. It’s a fast-paced, thought-provoking rollcoaster ride, that’s exactly what it is! A job well done by the director and his talented cast who put on this amazing show. Detour releases on Blu-ray on April 25th and is definitely worth checking out. This is a really good movie!

Distributor: Magnet Releasing

Run Time: 97 Minutes

Rated: R

Blu-ray Video: 1080p High-Definition 16×9 Widescreen (2.39:1)

Blu-ray Audio: English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1

Subtitles: English SDH and Spanish

Special Features:

  • A Detour With The Cast & Crew: The Characters & Filmmaking (08:07)
  • Interviews: Writer/Director Christopher Smith & Actor Tye Sheridan (11:12)
  • Deleted Scenes (06:19)
  • Theatrical Trailer (02:09)


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