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Resolution – 6


Director – Justin Benson, Aaron Moorhead

Cast – Peter Cilella, Vinny Curran, Zahn McClarnon, Bill Oberst Jr., Kurt David Anderson, Skyler Meacham

Release Year – 2013

Reviewed by John of the Dead

I was pretty stoked to give this indie flick a watch after passing it over numerous times, and after finally giving it a watch I must say that it was not as enjoyable as I expected it to be. The overall story is an interesting one that I really have not seen the genre take advantage of, but that is about as interesting as the film gets. For a low budget film the direction is solid and the look is good, but in the end Resolution did not hit as hard as it could have.

In an effort to save his best friend Chris from the throes of an extreme methamphetamine addiction, Michael ties him up in an abandoned home and forces a withdrawal, and with terrifying consequences.

It is not often that we see horror films involving drugs, so I found this story to be pretty unique overall because of that. I especially liked the idea of Chris’ forced withdrawal causing the horror as well, as that was a story element I had yet to see in the genre. It does not take long for Michael to show up to the home Chris has been squatting in and force him into what they assume will be a hellish week of his body reacting to the lack of drugs. Soon after arriving they both begin to experience strange occurrences going on around them. They try to find a logical explanation for what is going on but logic is defied more and more as the events become more and more sinister. By the end of the film we finally have a decent idea about what is driving the horror, but in the end we are never really given a full answer. Some may balk at this and others will enjoy the open climax and the discussion that comes with it. I do feel that the story was a bit slow and uneventful for much longer than it should have been. The horror remains a bit subtle because of this until pretty much the last 15 minutes of the film. Had the horror been more prevalent and tangible I think the flick would have fared better, but with this being an independent film it could be that the budget did not allow for it.

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Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead’s direction was fairly good and they accomplished quite a bit with such a low budget. The atmosphere is good and I enjoyed the locations used in the film. The majority of the flick naturally takes place in one location, the abandoned home, so it was of utmost importance for this set to be an engaging one and it really was. Acting-wise the performances were good enough, although the story did not push Chris to the limits I expected for someone going through withdrawals. There is good tension here and there when the horror shows, and I found this tension somewhat surprising given how tame the majority of the horror is. Good direction will do that though, and I hope to see the directors keep making films and show us what they can do with a bigger budget.

Overall, Resolution is a film I wanted to like more but its story held it back from being a truly solid watch. The horror is OK overall and does not really hit hard until the film’s latter scenes, giving us just enough to get through the bulk of the story but not enough for me to recommend this.

Rating: 6/10

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