A horror junky who thought he had seen it all. Thank god for Resolution (by baserock_love)
For the incredibly stupid front page reviewer here it's not even a review really, just whining with no substance by somebody who doesn't seem to like or recognize horror. , I'm not affiliated with the film in any way, feel free to look at my other reviews. I'm just a horror junky that thought he had seen every horror movie worth watching, and now that i've seen this, maybe I have.This movie is really creative. Without giving away too much it definitely broaches other themes that have been covered by other movies, it reminded me a bit of Inland Empire and 13B, in theme <more>
only, not content and while it's a somewhat familiar theme it goes in a very different direction with it. It's very well paced and does absolutely amazing jobs of foreshadowing and just piling on the atmosphere and dread so well that at one point I almost didn't want to see what was going to happen, the ending completely took me by surprise.It's clearly a zero budget indie movie but you would hardly know it to watch it, it's well shot and the cinematography is really good. My only issue is a script one, I thought the main characters dialog and decisions dealing with the crazy events of the film were oddly nonchalant and downright frustrating at times but then again it would have made the movie impossible if he had done what most sensible people would as a reaction to some of the events which is to call the cops lol.This is absolutely fantastic psychological horror. Bravo to the directors and everybody involved with this. I rarely gush like this in these reviews but there's a reason Resolution has gotten so much hype from horror specific movie sites. It's THAT good.Since there's no plot synopsis, i'll give a brief one. A man is invited by his ex best friend to his cabin out in the boonies. He knows his best friend is pretty much a rock bottom meth addict and he's rebuffed all his attempts prior to get him into rehab so he shows up with a stun gun and a pair of handcuffs, chains him to a pipe in the dilapidated shack he lives in and is going to stay with him while he detoxes. Strange people live around there and every day he feels he's being lead to strange things like records, books, journals and old film. Things get more weird from there.
This is my first review on here I felt compelled to write one after seeing some of the negative reactions to the amazing piece of work that is Resolution. I knew everyone wasn't going to love it as much as I did, because it is a fairly esoteric work yet at the same time I found it to be completely accessible and entertaining but one star? Wow. All opinions are valid I suppose it's just surprising to see because I was so blown away it.I don't want to give away much of the plot but the set up is two old friends are stuck in a cabin for a week while one of them undergoes withdrawal <more>
from drug addiction. It's a very slow burn perhaps that's another reason why people didn't like it, but I was totally gripped the whole time because the writing is so good, the performances are so good, and it's unexpectedly very, very funny in the first hour.I enjoyed the film enormously but I'm not too smart so I didn't completely grasp all the deeper layers to it until I went online after watching it and read people's opinions and theories on it. Then I started to realise what an amazing, intelligent and deconstructive work it is. It is a rare film, one which I felt buzzing off of for days afterwards. This doesn't happen to me very often, but occasionally I will see something that leaves me excited, buzzed and inspired as an aspiring writer-director myself to try and do better in the scripts I'm working on. After some thought I decided it was my favourite film of 2013, this is not a popular opinion I realise, and I did love Gravity, 12 Years a Slave, The Wolf of Wall Street etc, but I have to say that I think Resolution is a better film. At least I like it more.Some have complained that it's not really a horror film, and it does encompass other genres, but I liked this about it. I see a lot of horror movies it's my favourite genre and most of them, though enjoyable, are pretty similar, so it's really nice and refreshing to see something as unique and mold breaking as Resolution.A bold, original and daring mix of horror, drama, comedy and deconstruction of the horror genre and storytelling in general. 10 out of 10. See it!
See it before you see the endless! (by saphira_dragon-80270)
One of our absolute favorite movies. I can't spoil anything but watch it immediately and then watch the endless!
Brilliant but probably too subtle for fans brought up on Saw and Grave Encounters (by chaugnurfaugn-269-83012)
Resolution is a multi-layered chiller with hidden depths and a quirky storyline.The central premise revolves around Michael Peter Cilella and wayward but lovable rogue Chris Vinny Curran . Once best buddies, Chris is now a self-destructive meth addict and Michael has decided to stage an intervention by chaining up Chris and forcing him through cold turkey.Now, if this were standard Hollywood fare we'd have two drinking buddies with their girlfriends staying at a cabin in the woods. Instead, Resolution sets up a believable situation and one in which the protagonists are forced to stick <more>
around.The chills are subtle. Conversations between Chris and Mike are realistic, at times amusing, but mostly just glimpses into a story to which most of us can relate. The one time golden boy turned drug addict and the path of chaos and disappointment he leaves in his wake. The audience is never shown this path, but the interplay between Chris and Mike and Mike's obvious love for his friend are profound enough to fill in the blanks.Other reviewers have said this is not a horror. I'd be inclined to agree, despite the hugely unfair comments and low ratings accompanying those other reviews with which I certainly do not agree . Resolution is strange, creepy and unnerving at points, but never horrific and rarely frightening. It is clever and it will grip you from beginning to end, despite the ambling nature of the script, Chris's mostly sedentary role and Mike's often infuriatingly laid back personality. Unlike many 'clever' stories, Resolution is in no way self- congratulatory. There's nothing trite about the way the film unfolds and that element of 'hipster cool' so often prevalent in movies that deliberately shirk cookie-cutter modes of filming and storytelling is mercifully absent. This, of course, is dangerous for any film maker as it shirks not only the accepted Hollywood blueprint for 'how to make a movie successful' it is also uncertain about its target audience. Resolution is one of those rare movies: a film that just wants to tell a story. And herein I think is one of the most sublimely subtle sub-texts of the entire thing.Because ultimately Resolution is an exploration of equilibrium, a film maker's eye-view of how a story unfolds and how bucking the trend might lead to divided opinions. In one of the story's creepier moments one character states that when he looks into a mirror he sees an infinity of moments, all with a beginning, middle and end. The essence of good storytelling is to have equilibrium beginning , equilibrium broken middle and equilibrium restored end . The resolution of the movie title, I think, is as much a commentary on the way the film is put together as much as it alludes to the recorded material within the film.It's unfortunate that such neatly realised ideas don't automatically turn film makers into billionaires. If there were any justice in the world, this would be the case. But unfortunately what a modern paying audience wants is thrills and spills, not subtle interplay, dialogue and sub-text. Hence, I imagine, the divided opinion in reviews and the film's poor showing at the box office.Ultimately I wish audiences were a little more attentive and open to movies like Resolution, but the majority are not and that makes this something of an indulgence on the part of directors/writer team Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead. Are they guilty of being a little too self indulgent? No. I don't think so. Could they have injected a little more life into the story? Yes, possibly. But I don't think the result would necessarily be more satisfying - just different, and more like the kind of thing we are, by now, used to seeing in the found footage genre.I can't possibly close my review without mentioning the ending which, given the name of the film and the identified sub-text, had to be something special. Well, the jury's out. I probably need to watch the whole thing over and pay more attention this time to what's going on behind the scenes and between the lines, but on the face of it the ending felt like a cheat and that's disappointing. In any case, I can't wait to see more from Benson and Moorhead and Zach Galiafinakis lookalike Vinny Curran and Greg Kinnear lookalike Peter Cilella seriously, were those two separated at birth or what?
In the deepest, real, and visceral sense, Resolution is a horror movie. (by jphunt-write)
In the deepest, real, and visceral sense, Resolution is a horror movie. Its primary tool is not only the psychological mind game Justin Benson puts his characters through i.e. misguided friendship, drug addiction, violence, and the mystery of whose watching but what he also forces the audience to realize as they watch them spiral out of control. Resolution not only breaks the third wall, it decimates it. We become the monster just by sitting there and watching. If that's not enough to wrap your head around then you have to see it to really get to really get mind screwed.OK, so if <more>
you're expecting jump scares, blood, and gore, then change your expectations to getting sucked into a story about a dying friendship, drug abuse, earning a deep sense of foreboding, and be left thinking "holy [email protected]" Chris and Michael's polar dynamics will suck you into their friendship and the struggle with drug abuse is too real. How many of us have had the same idea as Michael, or felt the same about ourselves as Chris does? Then the most important question becomes... what the hell is watching them? The answer seems obvious.Obviously a low budget film, Resolution doesn't waste time with cheesy effects or flashy photography. It relies entirely on the acting ability of its characters. Not only are Cilella and Curran convincing as best friends out of touch but a special nod must go out to Bill Oberst Jr. for playing the most convincing creepy french hippie ever to grace a screen, and I do mean grace. This guy can add creepy to any character and still maintain decorum! Talk about a mind screw! ~ the Creepercast
Don't be fooled by the plot outline, the heart pounding trailer or the dark, creepy cover. While the movie has these elements, it's more the story of two old friends who come together amid bizarre circumstances. The excellent acting by the two leads is what keeps this film entertaining from start to finish even when there aren't necessarily any chills or action. I laughed out loud more than I do with most comedies. So natural it seems improvised, the dialogue between the two leads was carefully scripted and rehearsed to perfection over the course of 3 months. The result is a film <more>
which feels like it could be a stage play, and the minimalist setting adds to that honest presentation.The story is this: Michael receives a weird video from his friend Chris who is having a total meltdown in the woods. Michael, knowing his friend's history of drug use, finds him in a cabin, restrains him and attempts to detox him for 1 week. Even that alone plus excellent script would be enough for a film, but there's much more. Two twitchy drug dealers are after Chris. Also there's a terminally ticked-off Native American who says they're trespassing on his land. Also there's a mysterious and quite adorable golden retriever who keeps appearing and disappearing. Also there's a creepy girl possibly from a nearby mental institution out there. And besides all that, there's some REALLY weird schtuff going on, like recordings, film & videotapes left for them to find, some of it containing footage of them.Although all of this is happening at once, the plot somehow doesn't get overwhelming because it all comes together. It may take you a few viewings and listening to the commentaries like I had to before you truly grasp the "mystery". But, challenging as it is, I like what the filmmakers did. Unlike many other surreal thrillers which deliberately leave things vague & open to interpretation a cop out if you ask me , "Resolution" has one very purposeful and literal explanation. I like it when filmmakers are bold enough to do that.Now on to the fun stuff, the DVD extras. I was positively howling. The directors took the time to mercilessly skewer their own film, re-editing scenes, massacring the trailer and generally making a mess of their creation for our entertainment. Do NOT miss the extras, particularly the "deleted scenes" with a third character "Shane" thrown into the mix. Watching these skits and listening to the bountiful commentaries, you realize that these writers, directors, actors & crew had a lot of fun making this movie, and it shows through with a very vibrant, dynamic and energetic film. You won't find the standard horror flick clichés here, no cheap scares and dismal atmosphere for the sake of dulling the audience into submission. Instead you get a truly novel approach to the horror/thriller genre full of great dialogue and witty writing.I'm not really a fan of horror flicks and not even sure what possessed me to buy this DVD knowing nothing about it. But I'm glad I did, and I'm willing to bet anyone else who's "not a fan of horror flicks" will have the same reaction as well as horror fans simply because this movie is so unusual. There are very few other movies I'd say are comparable, but these other masterpieces come to mind, mostly for their creative stories & blending of chills & laughs: "Phantasm" 1979 , "Lesson Faust" 1994 and "Fabled" 2002 I hope the "Resolution" writer/directors Justin Benson & Aaron Moorehead and the two leads Peter Cilella & Vinny Curran will team together to make more films like this. And if you guys are listening, major thumbs up for the funniest DVD bonus features since "This Is Spinal Tap"!
Unique and entertaining.....Definitely give it a watch or two (by emayhem04)
Caught Resolution at a film festival. This is a movie that you have to see, as there is no way to really describe it. It doesn't fit into any sub-genre within Horror, but it definitely belongs in the family. The film is one of the most creative and unique I've seen in a while. It's thoroughly entertaining, moves at a good pace and keeps you guessing the entire time and after its conclusion for some. Personally, I can't wait to get a second view of this film. The two leads put on very good performances which is essential for a film with an isolated setting. This may end up <more>
being one of those films that people either love or hate. I loved it, and speaking with fellow audience members I did not find any one who really disliked it. Even if you don't end up "loving" the film, you'll no doubt be entertained. Plus it will provide for some interesting conversation with fellow fans. I think most viewers, like myself, will find it refreshing and unique. And those are two qualities that are getting harder and harder to come by in modern horror. See this film! You won't regret it.8 1/2 stars
As the other reviewer already stated, this is different. I had no idea what it would be didn't read the synopsis, the movie was part of a Festival , but I was really pleasantly surprised. A little movie that could. It's not without flaws mind you, but you can feel it tries hard and there is a real connection between the two main characters, which is very important to the movie.If you don't mind a few bumps along the ride you will definitely enjoy this movie too. You have to remember, that while it has some light moments, it's not a fast paced movie. It moves along slowly, but <more>
it never felt like a drag to me at least . If you're a fan of independent cinema, you will probably wanna check this out
Atmospheric, twisty strange little flick with a lot going for it (by ELB-6)
I really, really liked 'Resolution.' It's not an easy film, and it doesn't provide easy answers. I will take strange/atmospheric/well acted/creeping dread over cookie-cutter Hollywood horror crapfest any day of the week. 'Resolution' seems to be about two guys who are at the mercy of a storyteller that wants a story to be told. Where is the story coming from? Is it on their minds? Is there a puppetmaster behind it all? Or is it just some freaky meth-withdrawal side effect kind of thing? I don't know, and I actually really appreciate the fact that this movie <more>
doesn't tell you in clear cut answers. In a way it reminded me of 'Upstream Color' in that there is a lot to think and wonder and imagine about in this film. After I've done that for a few days I'll watch 'Resolution' again. I hope this writer/director gives us more.