“Resolution” – Every story needs an ending.
Written by: Justin Benson
Directed by: Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead
Starring: Peter Cilella and Vinny Curran
Michael (Peter Cillela) is sent a video of his long time best friend Chris (Vinny Curran) living out in the woods doing nothing but smoking meth and shooting guns. Along with the video there is a map that leads to the cabin in which his Chris is living. He quickly decides that he is going to go find his friend and try to get him clean by handcuffing him to the wall and staying with him until the drugs are out of his system.
That is how “Resolution” begins, but at about twenty minutes in, the story shifts from Michael helping his friend detox, to a string of strange characters and events that visit the two friends. Before long, they begin to realize that Chris’ withdrawals may be the least of their problems. Someone (or something) is following them, watching them, and sending them recordings of all of it.
I liked everything about this film. The isolated setting of the cabin in the woods is a classic horror stereotype, but it is extremely effective here. The two lead performances by Peter Cilella and Vinny Curran are excellent. It really seems as if they are old friends who have had their ups and downs, and Cilella’s Michael is the perfect self-righteous good guy buddy to Curran’s portrayal of the drugged out, paranoid, yet extremely witty Chris.
I cannot stress how much I love what Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead did with this story. They literally throw in every cliche horror plot ever. From the indian burial ground, to the escaped mental patient, it is all here. That may make it sound like a tongue in cheek horror/ comedy like “Cabin in the Woods”, and it does indeed have it’s humorous moments (mostly clever dialogue between the two friends). The two directors decided to go a different route with all of the elements though, and it is an ingenious route to take.
I won’t say any more about the plot. You should really see it for yourself, and decide exactly what the story is about. After watching it though, I will tell you I plan on a second viewing very soon. This is a film that is well-paced, well-written, and a perfectly executed, original idea. An idea that could have fallen flat on it’s face, but instead works on every level.