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A man, looking to save his best friend from the throes of methamphetamine addiction, ties him up in an abandoned cabin and induces withdrawal. | Full synopsis »
1 win & 2 nominations See more »
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Brilliant but probably too subtle for fans brought up on Saw and Grave Encounters See more (46 total) »


  (in credits order)

Peter Cilella ... Michael Danube

Vinny Curran ... Chris Daniels

Zahn McClarnon ... Charles

Bill Oberst Jr. ... Byron

Kurt David Anderson ... Billy

Emily Montague ... Jennifer Danube
Skyler Meacham ... Micah
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Carmel Benson ... Sara / Sophie

Justin Benson ... Justin the millennia / UFO cult member
Catherine Burns ... Girls on the Record (voice)
Michael Felker ... Roadside Kid With Soldering Iron
Josh Higgins ... Ted Tellensworth

David Clarke Lawson Jr. ... David the millennial / UFO cult member
Bob Low ... Charles Friend 2
Melissa Lyon ... Girl in the Window (as Melissa Low)
Dan Martinez ... Store Shopper
Aaron Moorhead ... Aaron the millennial / UFO cult member
Sarah Oliver ... Armless Woman
Glen Roberts ... Charles' Friend 1
Thor Wixom ... Roadside Man with Pick Axe
Shiblon Wixon ... Antique Store Clerk

Directed by
Justin Benson 
Aaron Moorhead 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Justin Benson 

Produced by
Justin Benson .... producer
Michael Felker .... associate producer
Alicia Johnson .... executive producer
David Clarke Lawson Jr. .... producer
Aaron Moorhead .... producer
Hal Wolverton .... executive producer
Cinematography by
Aaron Moorhead 
Film Editing by
Justin Benson 
Aaron Moorhead 
Production Design by
Melissa Lyon  (as Melissa Low)
Makeup Department
Branwyne .... makeup artist
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
David Clarke Lawson Jr. .... first assistant director
Sound Department
Yahel Dooley .... sound re-recording mixer
Yahel Dooley .... supervising sound editor
Michael Huang .... assistant dialogue editor
Michael Huang .... foley artist
Derrek Jones .... sound effects editor
Andrea Kao .... sound re-recording mixer
Dan Martinez .... sound mixer
Brian Starley .... foley recordist
Visual Effects by
Aaron Moorhead .... visual effects artist
Camera and Electrical Department
Bob Low .... gaffer/key grip
Tyler Manning .... electrician
Thor Wixom .... first assistant camera
Other crew
Nora L. Ferris .... insurance broker
Karen-Eileen Gordon .... french language coach
David Arabia .... thanks
P.R. Brown .... thanks: Bau-Da Design Lab
Chad .... thanks: Humane Society
Teague Christie .... thanks
Diego .... thanks: payroll
Fauna .... thanks: Sierra Nevada
Brian Finifter .... thanks
Julian Higgins .... thanks
Charles Ingram .... thanks
Joanna .... thanks: Screen Actors Guild
Edward McDonnell .... thanks
Justin Micklish .... thanks
Glen Mitchell .... thanks: SirReel (as Glen)
Vahe Papazyan .... thanks
Robert Scheid .... thanks
Stephen Scott .... thanks: San Diego Film Commission
Trista and Steve .... thanks: Camp Oliver Lia
Jesse Summoner .... special thanks
Trina .... thanks: Cliff Bar
Vanna .... thanks: Antique Boutique
Christina Wagner .... thanks: Bau-Da Design (as Christina)

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USA:93 min
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »

Did You Know?

A hand drawn picture of the front cover of the necronomicon from the evil dead series can be seen hanging on the wall to the right of Michael's mattress.See more »
Michael Danube:I think it wants a story with an ending.See more »


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20 out of 30 people found the following review useful.
Brilliant but probably too subtle for fans brought up on Saw and Grave Encounters, 4 March 2014
Author: chaugnurfaugn-269-83012 from United Kingdom

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 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?)

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