Alien bear. Flux capacitor. Fly blood DNA. ’90s references… so many ’90s references. What’s not to love? This is the best movie I’ve seen in a long time. I loved it so so so much. Detention is a mashup of horror, comedy, sic-fi, thriller, action and romance… and it works. It’s gotten pretty negative reviews and it isn’t for everyone but you (yeah, you!) should give it a try tonight. Another reason it’s so great is because it stars Josh Hutcherson, and who doesn’t love Josh Hutcherson? Not me, that’s for damn sure.
The storyline is so all-over-the-place that it’s difficult to give a synopsis but generally the story revolves around Riley Jones, played by Shanley Caswell, as she tries to navigate her final year of high school, get the guy (you guessed it – Josh Hutcherson) and save the world. I won’t go into it any more because I don’t want to destroy the magic but it’s unlike anything you’ve seen before.
This is yet another meta-film like The Kingsman (you can check out my review on that one here) but it didn’t rub me the wrong way this time. It added to the extreme style and hyper feeling of this film instead of detracting from it. It was more reminiscent of Cabin in the Woods, which is probably one of the reasons I liked it so much.
Another interesting point to mention is that this is director Joseph Khan’s return after the disaster that was Torque. If you remember that mess of a movie then you understand why Khan took a break after it was released. I find it really impressive that he didn’t decide to play it safe with this movie. He really went out on a limb and it paid off. He decided to forget about snobby critics and made the movie that he wanted to. That’s something to admire. The movie is exactly what it wants to be. There are a lot of reviews saying it is trying to be this or that but I can’t be clear enough that it is exactly what it wants to be. There’s even a line in the movie where one of the character’s makes a comment about how awful Torque is, which was so hilarious in it’s self-deprecation.
All in all, this is a wild ride of a movie; it’s jacked up on Mountain Dew and it’s not making any apologies for it. Give it a gander and let me know what you think.