Deadly Detention (AKA The Detained) (2017)

Directed by Blair Hayes.  Written by Alison Spuck McNeeley and Casie Tabanou.  Starring Alex Frnka, Sarah Davenport, Henry Zaga, Coy Stewart, Jennifer Robyn Jacobs, Gillian Vigman and Kevin Blake.

Plot: five teenagers serving Saturday detention find themselves fighting for their lives.


The five teenagers arrive by bus to a former prison where they will be serving Saturday detention because their school is being fumigated.  That’s a little outlandish, but whatever.  It’s a cool set.  So, the five teens have their own distinguishing marks of course.  We have Lexie (Frnka), the slutty one; Barrett (Zaga), the popular one; Jessica (Davenport), the good girl athlete; Kevin (Stewart), the black Jesus freak; and Taylor (Jacobs), the little skateboarding lesbian.

When the movie starts, it’s just like The Breakfast Club except that their in a prison visiting room and not a school library.  The principal (Vigman) is crazy, hands out an essay assignment and warns them that she’s right across the hall.  They even make some Breakfast Club like comments to one another.  But then the principal’s blood soaked body is found and we get to find out how they all do under real pressure.  And it ain’t great.  But it was pretty fun to watch.  At least for me it was.  I liked it.  DJ, not that much.


Sure it was a little funny, but DJ didn’t really like the story or the ending much and he didn’t find any of the kids truly likable.  And even I have to admit that when you find out who’s behind it all and why, the motive really suffers.  Still I totally recommend it.  At least once.  I don’t think I’d own it or anything, but if someone wanted to watch it again, I wouldn’t leave the room.

My score: 56.  DJ’s score: 43.

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