Resolution

resolution_filmYear: 2012

Synopsis: Michael receives an email with video attached from his junkie friend, and assuming it was a cry for help, he goes to save him.

Pros:
• An almost simple yet surprisingly effective journey into disquieting weirdness.
• Peter Cilella (Michael) and Vinny Curran (Chris) played their opposing roles with surprising ease, especially when the situation becomes far from normal.
• The significant element of drug use colored the film in just the right ways, while intentionally shown as nothing compared to whatever was happening.
• More accessible than much of weird fiction.
• Arguably no traditional heroes or villains.

Cons:
• The lack of true explanations might have confused some viewers.
• The darker themes of drug use and mental illness might be hard for some to watch.

Discussion:
“Can we try it another way?”

Resolution might just be one of the best bait-and-switch plots ever conceived. At first, everything seemed perfectly “normal”: an apparent cry for help from a druggie friend, make-shift and forced rehab, local thugs, local security. The film shifts slowly and deliberately, showing manipulation of probably everyone from subtle to blatant. Everything has a beginning, middle, and end, but what that means in the face of something unexplainable is far less straight forward. This film ultimately depicted a tragedy of a possibly endless kind of resolution, exemplified by the existential dread fueling the later film in the same fictional universe, The Endless (2017).


Rotten Tomatoes — 92%

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