Detour (2013)

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.… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: March 29, 2013
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Farran Smith Nehme
New York Post

"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.

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Frank Scheck
Hollywood Reporter

This taut and effective thriller produces maximum suspense with a minimum of means.

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Jamie S. Rich

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.

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Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times

At times the groan and scream of collapsing metal sounds so authentic you might mistake Jackson's heavy breathing for your own.

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Scott Tobias
AV Club

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.

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Scott Wold
Paste Magazine

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.

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Robert Abele
Los Angeles Times

"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.

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Alan Scherstuhl
Village Voice

During the best sequences, Detour feels like three heady improvisations all happening at once ...

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Jason Buchanan
TV Guide's Movie Guide

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

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