[Charlotte Stear checks in with another review from this year's Toronto After Dark Film Festival.]
Starring Peter Cilella, Vinny Curran and Zahn McClarnon
Directed by Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead
Written by Justin Benson
Here’s another one to add to the “bat shit crazy” list from this year’s Toronto After Dark Festival and hey, that’s not a complaint.
To try and sum up what Resolution is about is a challenge in itself. Without giving too much away (actually, that may not even be possible), Michael (Peter Cilella) forces best friend Chris (Vinny Curran) to detox from his heavy drug addiction while staying in a cabin in the woods. While Chris goes through this transition, Michael begins to find a number of odd artefacts lying around the cabin. Creepy photographs and film footage seem to be waiting for him wherever he goes, trying to warn him about something.
Resolution is a real mix of genres that incorporates horror, thriller, drama and comedy. Though the mystery/thriller aspects and the comedy areas do tend to be the main elements, it is not without its jumps and scares and its climax does not disappoint in horror terms. Its standout area, though, is in the buddy comedy that is established. The fresh and hilarious script from writer Justin Benson and the deadpan delivery from Vinny Curran give Resolution an edge, while the chemistry between the two leads makes it the success it is.
It’s hard to process that this bizarre story was originally just a thought in someone’s head and now they’ve managed to successfully get it on screen. More power to them – it’s the kind of crazy storyline that almost works. Luckily, entertaining dialogue and strong performances keep it afloat as the story towards the end eventually entangles itself. But nevertheless, this is a rare film that Toronto After Dark should be proud to show. It’s odd and insane but has an overwhelming charm that makes you overlook the small flaws.