Movie Review: RESOLUTION !

I watch a lot of movies. In my opinion, nothing beats sitting down, whether it be in a theater or at home, and getting lost in something someone cooked up in their head and put to film. A lot of times, the movies are alright, sometimes they’re good and rarely, they are GREAT. Those great ones are ones that as soon as they’re over, you find yourself thinking about them nonstop and wanting to tell as many people about the film as possible. Aaron Moorhead and Justin Benson’s genre-bending RESOLUTION is one of those films.
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To go too much into detail about the plot of RESOLUTION would be to spoil a lot, it’s one of those films that you need to see with a pretty blank slate, as its many twists and turns are ones that will leave you both scratching your head and smiling widely in the best of ways. The basic plot follows Mike, a happily married man who receives a video of his wayward friend Chris smoking meth and pretty much in bad shape. Mike decides to stage an intervention and drives to where Chris is staying, in an abandoned cabin nearby an old Indian reservation. Chris is pretty content being a junkie and doesn’t respond well to Mike’s idea of going to rehab, so Mike decides to handcuff Chris to a pipe and to stay with him as he goes cold turkey. Where this alone could easily make for a pretty good film, things start to get creepy when various ominous things begin to happen, from finding tapes of various horrific things to some pretty interesting characters inhabiting the surrounding areas.

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Like I said, giving away too much would be a negative thing to do, so I’ll leave the basic plot at that, but I will say that things continue to get stranger as time goes on until the final half of the film, where you find yourself on the edge of your seat the whole damn time. It’s a slow burn approach to the story and that definitely works for its advantage. Taking its time lets us see some of the best written character development I have seen in a long time. The two main actors (Peter Cilella and Vinny Curran) have such great chemistry, you’ll be swearing these guys are probably best pals off set as well, and if not then they definitely have us fooled by how well the characters are written and acted. Another thing that stands out is that the film seamlessly goes from very intense dramatic scenes to dialogue that will leave you laughing hysterically. Tons of films today attempt to go back and forth between genres and fail horribly but Moorhead and Benson not only succeed at it, but to be honest RESOLUTION works so well, that in my opinion, it wouldn’t do the film service by limiting it to a specific genre.

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The best description I could give of it is if David Lynch and Ti West decided to make CABIN IN THE WOODS, and even that doesn’t do it justice. It’s a slow burn, off kilter mind-bend of a film that in my opinion solidifies the fact that these guys are a solid filmmaking team that I hope will continue to work together because if RESOLUTION is any indication of their abilities working together, then we’re in for a treat with any future projects of theirs. If it had been released theatrically when I had the pleasure of seeing it (I was sent a screener by Tribeca Films back in early December) then it definitely would’ve been my top film of 2012, but I seriously doubt that many films this year will be able to top this one for me, so I’m about 95% sure it’ll be on 2013’s list. Do yourself a favor and watch this one, you won’t regret it.

RESOLUTION hits VOD (Video-on Demand) on January 23rd and will have an exclusive theatrical engagement at the Los Angeles Arena Theater beginning January 25.
There will also be Q&As with directors Aaron Scott Moorhead and Justin Benson at EVERY SHOW opening week!, so if you’re in the area, (hell I live 2 ½ hours away and I’m still planning on making the trek) then go check it out on the big screen!