There are times in our lives when we must make choices. Whether good or bad the ones we make ultimately lead us down a path. In some cases that path could have dire consequences while other times it’s exactly where we need to be. In Christopher Smith latest thriller DETOUR we find one man creating his own path that will either lead to his destruction or something he has been missing, bliss.
DETOUR is a cunning yet swindling film that is a rollercoaster from start to finish. The viewer will be engaged the entire time as Smith’s directorial style provides solid depth to the intense story line. In the film we meet Harper (Tye Sheridan) who is coming to terms with the fact that his mother is at the end of her rope. He believes there is one key figure to blame and devises a scheme to make sure that person pays. Of course in cinema land things never pan out as intended so it starts a kaleidoscope of bargains, lies and of course murder to let the story unfold. Smith creates the environment for the cast to really excel and pieced together it makes DETOUR one of the more rewarding watches early in the new year. Magnet Releasing has a knack for finding those off kilter thrillers and DETOUR stacks up among previous ones they have released.
DETOUR is a film that brings the essence of a John Hughes film from the 80’s mixed in with a baleful under story that will have you rooting either way. Smart without having to try too hard fans will enjoy DETOUR as they see the work of a very underrated filmmaker in this day and age.
4 / 5
DETOUR is directed by Christopher Smith and stars Tye Sheridan, Bel Powley, Emory Cohen and Stephen Moyer. It is available in limited theaters and on demand courtesy of Magnet Releasing.