Detour (2017)

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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.

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Cast

Bel Powley
as Cherry
Nick Boraine
as Lecturer
Joe Vaz
as Barman
Nick Rasenti
as Friend of Johnny
Dylan Edy
as Friend of Johnny
Chi Mhende
as Hospital Receptionist
Deon Lotz
as Mr. Parfitt
Reine Swart
as Claire (Waitress)
Kal Weber
as Dr. Ulmer
Gbenga Akinnagbe
as Officer Mike Andrews
Loulou Taylor
as Bank Teller
Sibongile Mlambo
as Hotel Receptionist
Jenna Saras
as Hotel Bar Woman
Danny Keogh
as Business Man
Mike Bundred
as Car Hire Man
Francis Chouler
as Las Vegas Policeman
Nena Butler
as Shop Assistant
Daniel Fox
as Officer Stanwyck
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Critic Reviews for Detour

All Critics (29) | Top Critics (5)

Neither narrative is particularly compelling, but the road trip one has an edge, because travel's always fun.

Jan 21, 2017 | Rating: 1/4 | Full Review…

Even with three of the big screen's most dynamic up-and-comers at its center, there's no flesh and blood beneath all the posturing.

Jan 20, 2017 | Full Review…

All the artfully composed shots, hinky situations and extra conceptual surprises can't make this "Detour" all that compelling beyond its crisp artifice.

Jan 19, 2017 | Full Review…

Detour is just film-school-ish synthesis, right down to the cinematography-midterm shot lit through venetian blinds and the anachronistic analog static on the motel room TV ...

Jan 19, 2017 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…

This surprisingly satisfying neo-noir thriller borrows a few pages from "Sliding Doors."

Jan 18, 2017 | Full Review…
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Top Critic

Detour is not quite great, but it is one crazy mile along the road.

Sep 27, 2018 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

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