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Detainment (2018)




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Two ten-year-old boys are detained by police under suspicion of abducting and murdering a toddler. A true story based on interview transcripts and records from the James Bulger case which shocked the world in 1993.


Will O'Connell (II)
as Detective Dale
David Ryan
as Detective Scott
Tara Breathnach
as Susan Venables
Morgan C. Jones
as Detective Roberts
Brian Fortune
as Detective Jacobs
Kathy Monahan
as Ann Thompson
Killian Sheridan
as Neil Venables
Martin Phillips
as Jon's Solicitor
Barbara Adair
as Mrs. Garrity
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Critic Reviews for Detainment

All Critics (6) | Top Critics (1)

True-crime reenactments have been popular fodder for short-film directors of late, but this one is unusually effective...

February 23, 2019 | Full Review…

It's gripping, engaging and frightening, too. Is quality a reason to tell this story? No, but it's the conversation would have been profoundly different if the final product sucked.

February 22, 2019 | Rating: 7.5/10 | Full Review…

Simply devastating. [Full review in Spanish]

February 19, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Marvelously well-acted (especially by its young stars) and discreet about how much of the crime it chooses to show onscreen, it nevertheless drags viewers along in an atmosphere of non-stop dread.

February 19, 2019 | Full Review…

A brutally trite, slow-motion-obsessed portrait of banal evil.

February 19, 2019 | Full Review…

Detainment is worth watching.

February 15, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

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