Toronto After Dark, Day 6: Resolution
In the days leading up to Resolution, it was impressed upon the audience multiple times that this is a film that somewhat defies categorization. They were not wrong. The premise may sound like the standard set-up for a cabin-in-the-woods horror, but here it has been deftly combined with elements of comedy, buddy adventure, drama, and a number of unconventional tropes.
It would probably be best to file this under the paranormal mystery genre, and as such this review won’t delve very far into the plot for risk of spoiling it. The basic idea is this: a man receives an e-mail from his friend, who is strung out on crack, that includes a video and the directions to get to the cabin where he is currently residing. Determined to get his friend cleaned up, the man heads out and ends up forcibly restraining his friend inside the cabin while he recovers. As the week passes, unexplained events begin to occur, leading the man down a path where every answer leads to more questions.
Intrigued? I hope so. Resolution is a very creepy, very smart film which slowly builds the tension as it messes with your brain. It features stand-out performances from two relatively unknown actors, Peter Cilella and Vinny Curran, who each effortlessly deliver on both the comedy and drama fronts for this conversation-laden screenplay.
Did I understand Resolution? I’m not sure. I think so, but… maybe. Regardless, whether or not you really grok the conclusion shouldn’t much affect your enjoyment of this cool film that provides plenty of weird to pique your interest and keep you guessing. 4 out of 5 stars.