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Detention

3.6 out of 5 stars 17 customer reviews

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Dolph Lundgren stars as teacher Sam Decker, who doesn't care anymore. He's quitting. Sam marks his last day in the battleground of public education by getting stuck with the detention class after hours, playing warden to a group of rebellious students w

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  • Actors: Dolph Lundgren, Alex Karzis, Kata Dobó, Corey Sevier, Dov Tiefenbach
  • Directors: Sidney J. Furie
  • Writers: John Sheppard, Paul Lynch
  • Producers: Avi Lerner, Gary Howsam, Jack Gilardi Jr., Lewin Webb
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
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  • Studio: Lions Gate
  • DVD Release Date: January 13, 2004
  • Run Time: 98 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000TSQUC
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #81,328 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Detention" on IMDb

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Dolph Lundgren has finally done it! He finally decided to school his enemies at, well, a school! Yes! A genius indeed, Dolphage played an ex-soldier named Sam Decker who taught at a less-than-continuation school where cussing is the only language the kids know and girls are pregnant everywhere. "Detention" is so bad, it's good! Stereotypes have never been used this much, but the director achieved major insult to teens. Decker wanted to quit since he finally realized that High School High was below him and that the kids stunk, but the principal demanded that he stay and watch one, final detention class. Pity. A group of maniacs who dressed like Billy Idol took over the school and 'locked down' the school property. Of course, the movie went into "Under Siege" mode and Decker became a one-man army. The children band together and unite! A girl goes into labor, a wheelchair bound teen goes into a flurry and manages to outrun a motorcycle, another boy lives his self-fulfilling prophecy of actually getting courage to fight back and the whole gang construct this metallic/spike/shield thingy and fight bad guys in the gym! What an extremely entertaining movie and Dolph Lordgren delivers high-caliber action once again. What a deity he is! Yes! Two hots, thumbs up, and ten toes up, all the way!
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"Detention" is not a great movie. It is not within Dolph Lundgren's top ten, and it does not deserve this four-star rating by technical standards. It is, however, one of the most downright entertaining flicks Dolph has done since he got into the DTV game. It's reason enough why Lundgren and director Sidney Furie (Iron Eagle) should've done more work together. Implausibility and all-around goofiness run amuck in a flick that really has no business receiving any kind of acclaim (including its nomination from the Canadian Directors Guild) but steals it anyway with sheer moxie and funtime temperament.

The story: Special Forces operative-turned-high school teacher Sam Decker (Lundgren, The Expendables) expects to end his last day of employment by hosting an after-school detention session for a handful of delinquent youth, but when a gang of drug runners take over the school as the site of their villainous master plan, the children are put in danger and Sam must fight back.

This movie is filled with strange, strange characters. Dolph is presented as an upright sort of guy but thinks it's okay to make out with his secretary girlfriend in empty classrooms. The students are unruly to start with - escaping from detention through the ceiling of the classroom - but a couple of them are way too eager to take on the gun-wielding terrorists when they first realize they're under siege (this is before Dolph corrals them and all they have to fight with are knives).
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Detention is a movie where a veteran-turned-teacher is stuck watching four students in detention on his last day of work. Also in the school after hours is a wheelchair bound student and one security guard. Shortly after everyone is locked in, a band of drug smugglers break into the school and all hell breaks loose. The students are running from their teacher, their teacher is running from the murderous drug smugglers, and soon the drug smugglers are running from their targets! The students fight back using the school's archery equipment, while their teacher uses the school's metal shop to create a weapon capable of a decent amount of destruction, and time is running out with a bomb in the basement....Will the school still be standing on Monday? Will the students make it out alive? Sometimes the greatest lessons are learned in Detention!
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As I've written before about the acting bringing a movie down, so it goes again with this one. Dolph Lundgren seems to always be the glue that holds the bad acting together for his co-stars. He plays an ex-special forces guy who gets tired of fighting losing battles, so he looks for a more challenging/rewarding career...he turns to teaching. He expects to be able to help students at an inner city school, wrought with gangs, using his skills as an ex-special forces guy, change the overall populace. None of the students know his background, although several faculty and the security guard do.
Anyway, he gets stuck being the detention teacher before leaving the school for good (guess he realizes that's not the career change he had in mind), and quickly realizes that an outside drug deal is going down at the school that's only able to happen because of the dirty security cop. The students and Dolph (Sam) spend the entire movie fighting off these drug pushers, who are the worst actors of all, and barely escape with their lives in the end. There are many moments where Sam (Dolph) is able to use a plethora of survival skills that he acquired as a special forces guy. It's those moments that make the story believable, and in turn, save most of the students lives. It's a pretty good story, minus the over-acting from the drug dealers and dirty security cop. For the guys, plenty of action and survival scenes from Lundgren that are well played and believable. For the ladies, plenty of eye-candy seeing Dolph from beginning to end in jeans, and being able to handle himself like only a real man can. It's not a must see, but it's a good way to pass a couple of hours if you've got some free time on your hands.
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