The March 2002 issue
of Empire magazine has the following review:
Some three years after filming
began, D-Tox is finally here. That delay, coupled with
the presence of former box office heavyweight, Stallone,
means that it must be crap, right? Well, actually no, it is better
than crap. In fact it is surprisingly watchable. Which for a
film delayed longer than Toen & Country, is saying
It's a hybrid of Seven, The Thing,
and Scottish helmer Gilliespie's I Know What You Did
Last Summer [right down to the killer's fur-lined parka and
ability to be in two different places at the same time]. But
thanks to an ominous mood and some surprises - an attempted suicide
is all the more shocking for its sheer matter-of-factness - the
However when Stallone arrives at the
detox center, Gilliespie surrenders to cliche, wasting
[literally] a pantheon of good actors in distressingly similar
fashion. Sly, though, is on impressive, if not career-resuscitating
form - at least until convention dictates that he run around
dark corridors waving a gun.
D-Tox is probably best enjoyed on video. But that a serviceable
thriller like this struggles to get a release, when certain nameless
dross gets rushed into cinemas is, frankly, bewildering.
though, is on impressive, if not career-resuscitating form..."
Music to my ears!
Thanks to Ernest "Jazzman" Resendes
for sending in the info!
- Craig Zablo (February 17, 2002)