Dir. Justin Benson / Aaron Moorhead 93 mins
Crystal Lake Entertainment
UK Release: 24th June 2013
The box art for Resolution manages to issue comparisons to Cabin In The Woods, Sinister and Sightseers. Bold statements indeed, and certainly something that would lead the casual viewer to approach Resolution with a set idea as to what they’re about to watch. Forget them. Judge it on its own terms – it deserves it.
Mike (Peter Cilella) is sent some footage via email of his friend Chris (Vinny Curran) which shows him staggering around looking decidedly worse for wear whilst out in the country, as well as a map that indicates his location. Aware of Chris’ history of substance abuse, Mike decides to leave behind his pregnant wife for a week or so to give one last try to help his friend break the cycle of addiction.
When Mike arrives at the cabin where Chris is living, we discover it’s a pretty shabby affair with Chris bedding down on an old mattress in the middle of the room. Mike pleads with him to get in his car and come back home and check into rehab, but Chris refuses point blank. Mike sees the only way to help his friend is by forcibly handcuffing him to some pipework and making him go cold turkey.
In the next few days Mike begins to survey the surrounding areas around the cabin and also meet some of the locals, from Billy and Micah – two addicts who allege Chris owes them drugs, to some evangelical church folk. The most concerning people he meets however are some Native Americans who say that it’s their property and that Chris is squatting and the two men must vacate it within the next five days.
After this threat, things begin to get gradually stranger, and while Chris slowly recovers, Mike seizes the opportunity to look into the history of the cabin. The more he investigates, the more often things begin to mysteriously appear, from ghostly figures in the window, to audio and cine reel that shows up out of nowhere and contains some very alarming footage.
Resolution is a film that rewards patience, and what you get out of it is dependent on what you put in. The highlight of the movie is undoubtedly the last twenty minutes which is bursting with ingenuity along with plenty to boggle your mind. The continual presence in the second half of the film of footage that keeps turning up in the cabin – be it on reels, tapes, VHS or even webcam footage is just excellent.
It’s certainly a movie that will polarise opinion, with some of that caused no doubt by the cover art where people will go into the film with certain expectations. If you can though, judge it on its own terms and you’ll be certain to appreciate this crazy little jigsaw puzzle that much more.