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Resolution (2012)

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A man imprisons his estranged junkie friend in an isolated cabin in the boonies of San Diego to force him through a week of sobriety, but the events of that week are being mysteriously manipulated.

Directors:

Justin Benson, Aaron Moorhead (as Aaron Scott Moorhead)

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Justin Benson
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Peter Cilella ... Michael Danube
Vinny Curran ... Chris Daniels
Emily Montague ... Jennifer Danube
Kurt David Anderson ... Billy (as Kurt Anderson)
Skyler Meacham Skyler Meacham ... Micah
Josh Higgins Josh Higgins ... Ted Tellensworth
Zahn McClarnon ... Charles
Bill Oberst Jr. ... Byron
Carmel Benson Carmel Benson ... Sara
Justin Benson ... Justin the Level 3 UFO Cult Member
Aaron Moorhead ... Level 2.5 UFO Cult Member
David Lawson Jr. ... Dave the Level 1 UFO Cult Member (as David Clarke Lawson Jr.)
Glen Roberts Glen Roberts ... Charles' Friend 1
Bob Low Bob Low ... Charles' Friend 2
Michael Felker Michael Felker ... White Trash Kid With Soldering Iron
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Soon-to-be-a-dad Michael makes a last ditch effort to save his longtime but addicted friend Chris from a foreseeable drug related death. Visiting Chris and handcuffing him to an exposed plumbing pipe, Michael forces his buddy into detox, but while watching over his friend he also discovers that all is not right within the territory Chris has drifted into. Situated on Indian Reservation land, the area seems to attract a number of strange people. Someone or some thing has a longtime interest in recording activities in the area, all captured on a variety of recording devices (CDs, film, phonographs, etc.). Michael comes to understand he's been pulled into the latest "story" of an unseen entity, one with a grizzly resolution projected for him and his pal unless they can possibly work out their own agreeable alternate ending. Written by statmanjeff

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 January 2013 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Feloldozás See more »

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Rustic Films See more »
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Actor Vinny Curran insisted to be tazed by Peter Cilella with the stun gun. The crew would often taze each other for fun, resulting in someone dropping and shattering a day's worth of coffee. See more »

Quotes

Byron: How does an isolated tribesman in Ecuador know the difference between an alien, an angel, and a ghost?
Michael Danube: I have no idea.
Byron: He doesn't, but he tells a story to make sense of the infinite.
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Stoneback Ridge
Written by Dan Martinez
Performed by Karl Kerfoot, Dan Martinez, Jake Reed
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Needs resolving
4 February 2015 | by asda-manSee all my reviews

Resolution was getting a lot of comparisons to one of my favourite horror films, The Cabin in the Woods. Critics and audiences were calling it unpredictable, genre-bending and unlike anything that we've seen before. The DVD has quotes like, "The movie The Cabin in the Woods should have been." One quote even compares it to Sinister, which I find bizarre given that Sinister didn't get great reviews (not my opinion by the way, I think that Sinister is brilliant) so of course I was very excited to give Resolution a watch. We all know that the majority of modern horror films are tired, so to get something unpredictable is a rarity. Unfortunately, Resolution didn't live up to the hype.

The film has an interesting premise. A man chaining his drug-addicted friend to a pipe in an abandoned cabin, in a bid to make him go cold turkey. Unfortunately, this premise isn't quite enough to sustain a feature length film. The majority of the film is the two characters chatting and arguing, which is fine for 45 minutes. In fact, the most entertaining scenes are between the two thanks to the chemistry of the actors and the funny dialogue, "I met this dog! She's awesome. We're writing a book together!" However, this becomes pretty boring once we hit the one hour mark.

The whole film is just like waiting for something to happen, but nothing really does happen until the last 15 minutes, and even then it's still dull. It's frustrating too because the idea is very clever it's just not done well, in my opinion. The Cabin in the Woods used a similar postmodern meta-narrative however, it was incredibly entertaining throughout, whilst still being intelligent. Resolution is clever, but dull.

A lot of the film is one character walking about and coming across various peculiar encounters. There's a man in a cave, some shifty religious nuts and a mental patient tapping on the cabin's window, however none of these have anything to do with the plot itself. I understand that these are supposed to represent various ways in which the narrative could unfold, but is there any need for this to fill out the majority of the actual film? The Cabin in the Woods played with a similar idea in one short scene in the basement.

If you're after an unpredictable and self-aware horror film, then I'd stick to The Cabin in the Woods or Funny Games. Resolution offers tedium more than anything. It does have a fairly engaging first half, but the second half quickly runs out of steam. I appreciate its ideas, however it ultimately feels flat.

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