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Tye Sheridan has transitioned into the blockbusters recently, but let’s not forget the young man who mesmerized us with roles in Mud, Joe, and The Tree of Life. He’ll be gearing up to star in Spielberg’s Ready Player One adaptation coming soon, but for now, we get some more Sheridan in a role that promises to test his chops. The first trailer for the film Detour has officially dropped, and we get to see Tye wrench himself in two.

Christopher Smith wrote and directed this film, which made it’s debut at Tribecca earlier this year to modest praise. The gist of the story seems to revolve around Sheridan’s character, a college student who contemplates killing his apparently abusive father. Smith seems to be taking us down two different fractured paths with an interesting split screen take. The structure is going to be the draw here, as the story is reportedly lacking depth.

Check out the trailer here!

So the trailer itself is pretty cool. It’s like a contemporary neo noir 90’s Tarantino style film, that tries to maintain artistry with interesting visuals. Not judging the response out of Tribecca, the trailer is big buy. We get to see what the story has to offer and it becomes clear that this is all about the grass is greener adage. The visuals are all dusty and vibrant, almost akin to Mad Max Fury Road, but the story is what is worrisome. The unique format seems enjoyable, as does the innovative dual structure, but it’s tough to discern depth from a two minute trailer. This could be really good, or really bad, but it will be very interesting to see how Sheridan performs here.

Check out the official synopsis:

Harper (Tye Sheridan), a seemingly naive law student, obsesses over the idea that his shifty stepfather was involved in the devastating car crash that left his mother hospitalized and comatose. He drowns his suspicions in whiskey until he finds himself suddenly engrossed in conversation with volatile grifter Johnny (Emory Cohen) and his stripper companion, Cherry (Bel Powley). As daylight breaks and the haziness of promises made becomes clearer, how will Harper handle the repercussions (not to mention the violent duo—on his doorstep)? Employing a split-narrative structure to tell this tale of deception and murder, Christopher Smith takes his audience on a thrill ride full of hairpin turns, where it’s never quite clear what or who can be trusted.

Detour will simultaneously bow in theaters, on demand, on Amazon Video, and iTunes this January 20th. 

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