Law student and all round good guy, Harper, suspects that his scheming step-father, Vincent, is responsible for the car crash that sent his mother into a coma. Drowning his sorrows one evening in a seedy L.A whiskey bar, Harper is interrupted by a tough looking redneck called Johnny Ray who offers to ‘take care’ of his step-dad for the cool sum of US$20,000. Angry, intent on revenge and fuelled by alcohol, Harper agrees to the deal and spends the rest of his evening downing shots with Johnny Ray.
The next morning, Harper awakes to the mother of all hangovers with hazy memory of the previous night’s events. Answering a knock at the front door, he is surprised to find Johnny Ray and his beautiful but distant girlfriend, Cherry, ready and waiting to drive to Vegas to kill Vincent. Harper’s claims that he was drunk and didn’t know what he was doing mean nothing to Johnny Ray who is more threatening than ever in the cold light of day.
Harper quickly realises that there is no easy way out; if he wants to survive this, he has no choice but to go along with the plan. What follows is a tense and deftly constructed noir thriller in which Harper’s story takes an unexpected detour, presenting the audience with two alternate versions of events with two very different outcomes. Did Harper really want to kill his step father and which road did he actually take?
Detour is a 2016 British thriller film written and directed by Christopher Smith. The film stars Tye Sheridan, Stephen Moyer, Emory Cohen, Bel Powley, John Lynch, Gbenga Akinnagbe and Reine Swart. The film premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival on 16 April 2016. On 14 May 2016, Magnet Releasing acquired distribution rights to the film and released in the United States on 20 January 2017 by Magnet Releasing.
Directed by: Christopher Smith
Starring: Tye Sheridan, Stephen Moyer, Emory Cohen, Bel Powley, John Lynch, Gbenga Akinnagbe, Reine Swart, Sibongile Mlambo, Jenna Saras, Nick Boraine, Francis Chouler, Jared Abrahamson
Screenplay by: Christopher Smith
Production Design by:
Cinematography by: Christopher Ross
Film Editing by: Kristina Hetherington
Costume Design by: Tracey Berg, Ros Berkeley-Hill
Set Decoration by: Anneke Botha
Music by: Pablo Clements, James Griffith, Toydrum
MPAA Rating: R for some strong violence, sexual content, nudity, drug use, and language throughout.
Distributed by: Magnet Releasing
Release Date: January 20, 2017