Detour (2016)

Plot: Harper believes his step-father had something to do with the accident that left his mother in a coma. He drunkenly admits he wants to his step-father to pay and end up getting involved with a criminal and a stripper.

Director: Cristopher Smith

Starring: Tye Sheridan, Emory Cohen, Bel Powley, Stephen Moyer, Gbenga Akinnagbe.


I loved how this film was shot and edited. At first, you might be a bit confused from how the story is being told because you follow two timelines. You don’t know how these timelines are connected. At first, I thought it was showing the two different paths the main character could take but it wasn’t. One of the timelines took place before the other one.

I found the story a bit random but I think that’s because the film takes place after his mother is in a coma so you don’t know what their family set up was like before. We don’t know how his step-father treated his mother. We have no emotional connection with the mother because we don’t know who she is and we don’t find out. It makes the main character’s actions seem extreme.


There’s not really any closure on the storyline either because we never actually find out if the step-father had actually aided in the protagonist’s mother. It ends where you kind of know what’s going to happen for him in the near future but for now he’s okay. It’s hard to know what to feel for the main character because he’s so young and killed his step-father. I don’t get why he did it, why not just move out? He had the money.

Anyway, I really enjoyed it, it was entertaining and the three characters at the centre of the film were really exciting to watch. The dynamics between them kept the film alive. The two timelines set a good pace for the film. It’s really modern and fresh. I loved it.

A satisfying neo-noir style thriller!


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