Genre Guesstimation – Detour (1945)

The idea behind this feature (Genre Guesstimation) is for me to watch a bunch of new movies (or ones that I haven’t seen many times) from the chosen monthly GG genre in order to expand my knowledge of movies within that particular genre.

This month’s genre has been chosen by Lisa Leehey of Critical Critics and we will be reviewing our favorite Unreliable Narrator Movies.

Please get me your submissions by the 25th of Jan by sending them to

Try to think out of the box! Great choice Lisa!

Let’s see if I felt that this movie would be worthy of being in the company of my others favorite movies in the genre of Unreliable Narrator Movies……

“Life’s like a ball game. You gotta take a swing at whatever comes along before you find it’s the ninth inning.” – Vera

Number of Times Seen – 1 (4 Jan 2021)

Brief Synopsis – While sitting in a cafe at the end of his journey, a man who hitchhiked across the country in search of his former lover tries to recall how he got to this point.

My Take on it – This is a film that I had never heard of before finding it during my research for this months genre.

The story is quite thrilling and we get to see how this character react to the events that happened to him over the course of the story.

They leave many aspects open ended and we never quite know what the real truth is because it all depends on the way that the narrator sees things which might be true, or might not be.

They do a wonderful job letting this story play out in a great way because we can see how simply things can get out of control even as the main character tries to stay calm as things unfold in ways he never could have suspected.

They do a wonderful job keeping many aspects of the story ambiguous which adds so much more tension to things since we never truly know what is real and what is just art of the imagination of the main characters.

Bottom Line – Thrilling story that unfolds in a great way because of how the character react to everything that transpired over the course of the past few weeks. The story itself plays out really well and allows us to see how things can get so easily out of control while one tries to keep grips on their realty. The film does a great job keeping things ambiguous because it lets the character try to think about what really happened even if we can never trust his memories. Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Was the first “B” movie chosen by the Library of Congress for its National Film Registry, in 1992. Also the first Hollywood “Noir” honored. (From IMDB)

Genre Grandeur Worthy? – Comes close. This is a great story that makes us wonder what is the truth and what isn’t as things play out in the mind and memory of the main character.

Rating – Globe Worthy (8/10)



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