Screening Room: DETENTION

(KTSF by Sean Au)

Here is a film that promises to challenge the minds of the youths today with ultra short attention span.

Students of Grizzly Lake High face the same problems that most high school students encounter; acceptance by fellow students carries more importance than achieving good grades. A killing spree begins in the high school. A group of students in detention find out that the killer is among them. Can these students survive detention?

Korean American Joseph Kahn has won recognition for directing music videos for the likes of Britney Spears and U2. As if to keep up with the MTV generation and attention span of the youths these days, the pace of DETENTION moves quickly and in multiple directions, essentially giving the audience no time to take out their smart phones to text their friends in the duration of the movie.

“Kids are ready to see something that gets fused together and challenges their minds,” says Director Joseph Kahn of the mash-up feel of the movie. “Otherwise, they are going to be watching the same thing over and over again, and I think they will get bored and they are just going to text during the movie if that happens.”

Nonetheless, the movie is also unfocused in its story-telling and often messy. This is without a doubt a film more suited for youngsters looking for a challenge.

Rating: 2 out of 5 stars.

Video courtesy of Detention Films.

(Copyright 2012 KTSF. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.)

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