Detention (2021) - Rotten Tomatoes


Detention (2021)




Critic Consensus: Politically charged horror that's as viscerally effective as it is intellectually stimulating, Detention's got class.

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We're in 1962 Taiwan, during the time of the White Terror, with martial law in full force on the island. In this time of extreme repression, all ideas considered to be dissident are banned, and the culprits are tortured or executed. Tsuihua Secondary School is not an exception from this oppression. Despite close surveillance by the military police, Professor Chang (Fu Meng-Po) runs an underground literary club where he and his students learn about banned books and dream of freedom. One of his club members, Fang (Gingle Wang) is madly in love with him. The usually shy teenage girl from an abusive home manages to open up like a book in his presence. Then Chang disappears... One night, Fang wakes up at her desk, but the school has changed. As she wanders through the sinister corridors and other dilapidated rooms in search of her teacher, she meets Wei (Tse Jing-Hua). Together, they must confront the ghosts and deformed monsters that have taken over their alma mater, to find out what happened there.

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Gingle Wang
as Fang Ray Shin
Fu Meng-po
as Mr. Chang Ming-hui
Tseng Ching-hua
as Wei Chong-Ting
Cecilia Choi
as Ms. Yin Tsui-Han
Ching-ting Hsia
as Fang's Father
Jessie Chang Pen-Yu
as Fang's Mother

Critic Reviews for Detention

All Critics (42) | Top Critics (3)

For all the game's attention to the ways fear can become rooted in personal and collective psyches, this adaptation feels curiously depersonalized.

October 15, 2021 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

In gaming terms, this movie's characters find themselves on a screen where every move leads to a bottomless pit. The nightmare they're in is as existential as it is visceral.

October 13, 2021 | Full Review…

Forgiveness and remembrance are intertwined in this powerful story. An apt heir to [Guillermo] del Toro at his most analytical, it's a stirring political fable dressed in the ghoulish weaves of a creepy monster flick.

October 22, 2020 | Full Review…

In sidelining this sort of haughty regard for legalistic or precisely objective forms of truth, Procession sprints ahead of most nonfiction filmmaking -- and most journalism, too -- by actually contending with what counts.

December 17, 2021 | Full Review…

The film mixes elements of monsters and haunted house scares with a political thriller to engage audiences. There are some odd narrative shifts and tonal changes but if you stick through to the end it all makes sense and is actually quite clever.

December 17, 2021 | Full Review…

Looks fantastic, but ... never quite comes together in its conflicted impulses.

November 1, 2021 | Full Review…

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