“Detonator” (2013 American movie) review





I watched this movie during the 2013 season of Cinequest not knowing the synopsis.  I pretty much judged this movie based off of the name of the movie.  I know I’m not supposed to judge a book by its cover, but in this case, I did exactly that.  I just assumed it had to do with a bomb or something.


Sully is an ex-rocker who had to grow up when he had a family to provide for.  By growing up, he had to leave his band.  Things are great until his former band mate comes back to drag Sully back into the past in the grimy Philadelphia punk rock scene to relive the memories.  Torn between the past, present, and future, Sully must decide what is best for himself and those around him.


It’s an interesting story because I have affiliated myself with the local music scene with people trying to make it big, but real life gets them.  I enjoyed the characterization of Sully who must decide the good times of the past versus the happiness and welfare of his family in the present.


There’s always that lingering question of what would have happened if he chose the other option as opposed to the one he chose at the end.  Where would the movie have taken us?  That was one of the lingering questions I kept asking myself because he was at a crossroads during the movie.


It was a decent movie, but wasn’t that entertaining.  It was just alright enough to be put above average.  I guess the punk scene is something I’m still a bit unfamiliar with especially the East Coast scene.

Overall rating: 3/5

Reviewed by: Mr. Timtastic

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