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.

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.

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

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

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