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A strangely tense and humorous meta-narrative about two friends experiencing weird goings-on at a remote cabin.
A smart and chilling indie horror from co-directors Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead ...
Resolution makes its own creative crisis the star, trying to make something original out of elements so hackneyed, the filmmakers can't bear to reproduce them.
Ambiguity enlivens the smart, knotty Resolution, which routinely nods to its own artificiality while positing storytelling as a constantly evolving beast apt to save your life one moment and consume you the next.
There's still a disconnect between the stories that is never resolved. Even the movie's conclusion is ambiguous, providing few answers to even the biggest questions.
The beauty in the premise of the film is that the tension is built in.
a Pirandello-esque sort of paradoxical meta-horror whose folk are unwitting players in a film (or several), desperate to find a way safely to exit the stage and escape the gaze of an unseen, and obviously viewer-like, observer.
"Resolution" is a notch above your average low-budget horror flick. It has the usual gore and scares and head-scratching events. But, the story is what locked me in.
Honest about the impulses of addiction, but could stand to have its core interpersonal conflict sharpened up some without sacrificing any of its overall narrative ambiguity.
One of the first things about Resolution that catches you off guard is the humor.
As a meditation on horror films, and even film itself, Resolution might be in danger of coming across as pretentious, if it weren't so damned entertaining throughout.
Terrible. A few creepy scenes, but boring and pointless otherwise. Ridiculous ending.
Even if the plot drags in the first two acts, eliminating the tension and making the mystery feel bland and not engaging, this is an interesting effort that finds a curious balance between humor and horror, with a smart meta-twist in the third act that justifies all that came before.
I thought this film had a clever little concept, with some solid execution and intelligent dialogue. I think parts of it, especially the climax, really remind of Cabin in the Wood's Ancient Ones representing us, the audience, and the fact that we demand "sacrifice" from our horror movies. The movie recalls that concept, as well as the fact that the concept of narratives and how stories end are a big important part of this film. So in a way, the movie is probably, at times, too clever for its own good but I do think it was a unique approach to telling the story. Not a lot of people have the balls to subvert typical horror, or film, tropes in general and it's nice to see a movie that tries to go about its own path. I do think the film almost HAD to be funny considering the way the concept played out. It was a good concept, but it didn't really have much in the way of horror or really built up tension. Yes, there are strange goings-on in this place, but I never really felt any dread that something shitty was about to happen. Thankfully, the clever dialogue sort of picks up the slack and Vinny Curran, who plays Chris, is definitely entertaining. Peter Cilella was fine, but unimpressive and sometimes his delivery left a lot to be desired. But I did like the chemistry between the two, so that helps. In all, this is a solid movie, one that certainly isn't perfect but it is ambitious on top of having a good script and some good performances. This isn't something you really need to go out of your way to see, like Cabin in the Woods, but it does entertain for its relatively short running length.
A nicely thought concept, executed with a lot of attention to detail that suffers from it's ubber small budget that give away dead moments and humor that is just not funny and doesn't work to keep the mistery alive. The "twist" was decent even if heavy handed, when the rest of the picture was subtle on exploring it's mysteries and concepts.
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