On the road to a high-powered lunch meeting, smooth-talking ad man, Jackson Alder (Neil Hopkins), is brainstorming his next big pitch when he is blindsided by Mother Nature. Swallowed up by a devastating mudslide, he awakens to darkness. Alone underneath an avalanche of mud, his certainty of rescue gives way to a horrifying reality - no one is coming. With oxygen and time running out, Jackson clings to the unfinished life he left behind. Shedding his suit and surveying the limited tools he has at his disposal, Jackson refuses to go down without a fight. Pushing himself beyond his physical and mental boundaries, he must ask himself the ultimate question: What would you do to survive? … More
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Critic Reviews for Detour
Actor Neil Hopkins (TV 's "Lost") does his best to make the panic come alive, but writer/director William Dickerson fails to create a convincing sense of peril.
Despite doubling as a plausibility-straining endorsement for the battery life of Apple's iPhone, Dickerson's claustrophobic survival thriller proves itself a technically proficient, expertly paced affair.
A deeply immersive exercise in low-budget suspense from start to finish.
For every breath he's grasping for, you're holding one in, anticipating what might follow.
While not lacking for decent acting or technical execution, Detour lacks a compelling enough arc to sustain what might have worked much better as a short film.
A suspenseful, intense and horrifying thriller boasting a raw performance by Neil Hopkins.
The latest "survival in a confined space" thriller, Detour doesn't take enough of a turn from expected generic conventions.
"Detour" does a fine job of giving drivers yet another reason to stress out, but that anxiety doesn't extend to its hero's fate.
At times the groan and scream of collapsing metal sounds so authentic you might mistake Jackson's heavy breathing for your own.
"Nothing to do but wait," Jackson says early on, in the hopes of a quick response from emergency services. That's sitting through "Detour" in a nutshell.
It's easy to get bored by the necessary repetition found in a setup like this, but the script finds more than a few ways to keep things moving.
This taut and effective thriller produces maximum suspense with a minimum of means.
A buried alive picture that puts you in there, trying to reason your way out with our hero.
Dickerson passes on the occasion for existential drama and goes for the race-against-the-clock urgency of an ordinary guy trying to crawl out of his predicament. It's effective enough, but there isn't much to it.
In spite of a few significant flaws, Detour builds to a conclusion that sends you out the door shaken and thankful to see light.
During the best sequences, Detour feels like three heady improvisations all happening at once ...
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