Here’s the trailer for Detention, directed by Joseph Kahn, who also directed the horrific motorcycle movie Torque — HOLD IT. Get back here. Hear me out, before you roll your eyes and walk out. It’s… unusual, to put it mildly. Also? Kind of awesome, in spite of the presence of Dane Cook. GODDAMNIT I SAID WAIT! Don’t leave. I know, I know, he’s like cinematic kryptonite nestled in dog poo, but this… might be different.
It’s another one of those “misfit teen trying to navigate high school” — MOTHERFUCKER, SIT DOWN. Because it’s also about a serial killer. And… um… aliens?
Oh hell, just watch the damn thing:
OK, see? There’s something a little more going on. In fact, there’s a fuckload going on. For one, Cook isn’t being a smarmy cocktick. OK, sure, there are likely way too many pop culture references for one movie, meaning the lifespan for Detention isn’t going to be much longer than a couple of years. And sure, some of the acting is a little clunky. But I have to say, I’m amused. Interested. Plus, any director willing to mock his own mistakes in the opening seconds of a trailer scores a few points.
Regardless, Detention looks like a goddamn psychotic mess of a movie. Which I find strangely appealing.
There, now aren’t you glad you stuck around?
Oh, fuck you.