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Detour (2013)

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Average Rating: 5/10
Critic Reviews: 6
Fresh: 3 | Rotten: 3

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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

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All Critics (17) | Top Critics (6) | Fresh (10) | Rotten (7)

"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.

March 29, 2013 Full Review Source: New York Post
New York Post
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At times the groan and scream of collapsing metal sounds so authentic you might mistake Jackson's heavy breathing for your own.

March 28, 2013 Full Review Source: New York Times
New York Times
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"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.

March 28, 2013 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
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This taut and effective thriller produces maximum suspense with a minimum of means.

March 28, 2013 Full Review Source: Hollywood Reporter
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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.

March 28, 2013 Full Review Source: AV Club
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During the best sequences, Detour feels like three heady improvisations all happening at once ...

March 26, 2013 Full Review Source: Village Voice
Village Voice
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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.

May 8, 2013 Full Review Source: Oregonian
Oregonian

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.

April 12, 2013 Full Review Source: Paste Magazine
Paste Magazine

A deeply immersive exercise in low-budget suspense from start to finish.

April 8, 2013 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

For every breath he's grasping for, you're holding one in, anticipating what might follow.

April 3, 2013 Full Review Source: Film Threat
Film Threat

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.

April 3, 2013 Full Review Source: Shockya.com
Shockya.com

A suspenseful, intense and horrifying thriller boasting a raw performance by Neil Hopkins.

April 2, 2013 Full Review Source: NYC Movie Guru
NYC Movie Guru

The latest "survival in a confined space" thriller, Detour doesn't take enough of a turn from expected generic conventions.

April 1, 2013 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

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.

March 28, 2013 Full Review Source: Film School Rejects
Film School Rejects

A buried alive picture that puts you in there, trying to reason your way out with our hero.

March 28, 2013 Full Review Source: Movie Nation
Movie Nation

In spite of a few significant flaws, Detour builds to a conclusion that sends you out the door shaken and thankful to see light.

March 27, 2013 Full Review Source: Aisle Seat
Aisle Seat

In comparison to its superior predecessors, Detour's redemption plot feels banal and slight.

March 25, 2013 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
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