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Growing up, cinematic godhead to me included Cronenberg, Polanski, DePalma, and of course, Lynch. This sure to be overlooked film pushed all my buttons, with it's doppelganger storyline [Dead Ringers], surreal identity dilemmas [The Tenant], Hitchcockian sequences [Body Double], and an Isabella Rossellini cameo [Blue Velvet]. The film was even shot in Canada, with bizarre organic J.G. Ballard style architecture in full display, sending the Cronenberg factor into overdrive. This film packs one slap in the face creepy and wholly originally ending that stayed with me long after the brilliant/stylish Walker Brothers closing song/sequence faded away. Directed by Denis Villeneuve, who did the recent and far more conventional Gyllenhall/Jackman film Prisoners.
Resolution is another admirable recent example of filmmakers trying to transcend the conventions of the horror genre. The fact that it manages to provide yet another well-grounded pot-boiler that we all have an insatiable desire for, and travel metaphysical grounds, reminiscent of Donnie Darko, or Michael Haneke - well, that's a feat.
How did a film manage to keep my rapt attention, when it threw every cliche in the book at you: the battling partners who earn each other's respect, the underdog who manages to rise up the ranks, the father figure who refuses to let his progeny join the fight, the nerdy scientist throwing one liners, etc etc? Trust me the list goes on. I guess the reason is, a couple of hearts are beating in Pacific Rim, which is a 200% improvement over a Bruckheimer film. Heart number one: People bringing out the best in each other. As tired of a plot device as it is, a mutual striving for excellence is more amazing to me than today's cinematic excuses for product placement, and Megan Fox's short shorts. Heart number 2: Monsters beating the shit out of each other! This is what we were all imagining when we watched Godzilla films as children! The slug fest were awe inspiring. Not recommended for everyone, honestly, but for anyone like myself who adjusted the rabbit ears, waiting for the monsters to appear on NY WOR Channel 9 back in the day, there are rewards aplenty.