For those of you that keep up with us, you’ll probably know that Resolution is a film that we’ve been talking about for a while now. At least a year, anyway, since Jeff saw the film at last year’s Toronto After Dark, and not only that, but had the “Pubcast” edition of the podcast, recorded at Pub After Dark, directly after the festival, invaded by the inebriated cast and crew of the film. It certainly made for a fun listen, and I’m fairly sure it made for an epic experience for Jeff, getting to hang with those guys for such an extended period of time. In fact, You can listen to that here, as it will make for a great companion to the movie itself. After becoming aware of the movie, and hearing all of the things Jeff had to say about it, I knew this would be one that appeals to me. When the film finally hit Video On Demand, I didn’t waste any time renting it so that I could watch it for myself. Here we are, some months later, and Cinedigm have brought us the Blu-ray, for this exceptional movie from Tribeca Film.
One of the first things people notice when researching the film Resolution, is the similarities it shares, as far as plot synopsis goes anyway, with the 2013 remake of Evil Dead. Make no mistake, though, only in blurb are these two films comparable. And that’s not a knock on Evil Dead, that film will be on my top 10 films of 2013 list, just like Resolution, not to spoil my thoughts on the film so early, but I don’t think I’ve been what one would refer to as quiet about my love for this film. The film begins with Michael, played by Peter Cilella, receiving a strange video from his friend Chris, played by Vinny Curran, in which Chris’s erratic, drug-fueled behavior is put on display. Michael decides he’s going to take a trip to Chris’s shack in the woods, in order to force withdraw to help Chris overcome his methamphetamine addiction. Seeing as this is a genre film, some spooky, inexplicable shit occurs, and to divulge any more than that would be to do you a disservice.
The first thing I would alert somebody to before sitting down to watch Resolution for the first time, is that this is no action-packed gory horror film. This is a slow-burning character study, with elements of the supernatural. On top of that, and thankfully, this is also not a film that spoon-feeds you the answers you’re seeking, with long-winded unnecessary exposition. The overall message of the film should be easy to discern, but the specifics are often left to viewer interpretation. This is important information, as if you’re one of these people that has zero tolerance for this method of storytelling, you may want to slow your roll. It’s unfortunate, if that’s the case, because this really is a film that should be seen by any fan of the genre, but as a major fan myself, I’m aware of the fact that some of us throw around some annoying, presumptive words to describe films that other people love, that we happen to feel a little different about, such as “overrated”. To me, “overrated” is overrated itself. I find it to be a generic argument, used by people who lack the ability to articulate their feelings on popular subjects without becoming emotional. So, take note, please.
What makes Resolution such a fantastic film, among other things, is the sheer quality of both the production values, as well as the performances by the main cast. For a film made for one million dollars, maybe even less, it certainly looks and sounds fantastic. Also, when you start dipping into the sub-one-million levels, most of the time the one area of the film that suffers due to the lack of funds is the quality of the acting. Peter Cilella and Vinny Curran are both amazing in this film. Vinny Curran especially puts on a remarkable performance as a strung out addict, as well as adds his own charm to the role. If you add Vinny on facebook, you’ll learn pretty quickly that he’s as quirky in real life as he is in his role of Chris in the film. The dynamic between the two characters is phenomenal, and really adds an extra layer of genuineness to the film.
The Blu-ray was released on October 8th(review copies were delayed), and features enough quirky extras, as well as numerous commentaries, to warrant a purchase. The film looks and sounds great on the format, as one could expect from a competently filmed, new release movie. The extras in specific, are an interview with filmmakers Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead, the writers/directors of the film, as well as a few parody videos, such as a video explaining how the film can help get you laid. There are some outtakes, alternate scenes as well as some footage that didn’t make it into the film itself, some cast/crew intros, and multiple audio commentaries. If you like to stay up-to-date on solid independent genre fare, the Resolution Blu-ray/DVD combo needs to be on your shelf.