Thursday, October 17, 2013

Resolution Review: Seeing Beyond the Unknown, Haunted Thing

If you haven’t tried to help someone off of junk, well, you simply haven’t lived. That’s the basic premise of Resolution; a movie that takes getting sober seriously even in the wake of strange, surreal messages from the beyond. While this is a rather excellent release, acted to near perfection with a story that is original and alluring, you may want to rethink taking your buddy into the woods, handcuffing him and forcing him to get straight.

Synopsis from Tribeca Film:

In an abandoned cabin on the edge of an Indian reservation, Mike (Peter Cilella) stages a risky intervention to force his friend Chris (Vinny Curran) off meth and into rehab. But what begins as an attempt to save his friend’s life takes an unexpected turn when ominous threats start appearing around the house – and they realize that Chris’s addictions are the least of their worries.


Best part about Resolution is the stellar performances by both protagonists played by Peter Cilella and Vinny Curran. You fall in love with them and their friendship quickly and will find yourself truly concerned for their well being in the face of detox, creepy junk scum and the unknown. These are obviously friends who have known each other for quite some time or at least that’s what the movie will make you feel. This is a trait missing from movies that are trying to create very similar empathy for characters, but fall short leaving the rest of the movie to superficial appreciation only.

Resolution unfolds, slowly but methodically like a good strip tease that leaves just enough on to make you curious but reveals tantalizing juicy nuggets of plot that will surprise and entice. It feels slow at first, while we are are learning to love our protagonists but eventually kicks into fever pitch intrigue completely with conspiracy theory elements and feelings of abject paranoia. Resolution does a great job of building anxiety and suspense through its third act ultimately realizing its vision with a nice twist though perhaps not a frightening end that one might expect. The whole thing works like jigsaw puzzle made of various medium and methods of communication working in tandem to sew a net of “what if” and “how could that possible?”. Resolution makes that stranger than fiction of reality into fiction that is stranger than the reality that it tries to imitate.

The Blu-ray/DVD combo pack includes an interview with the filmmakers, parody videos, trailers, outtakesand unseen footage, intros and cast and crew commentaries. This is a fully load release built for future fan appreciation. Resolution has staying power, so you’ll want to make sure to add it to your collection. When your friends finally hear about it, they’ll want to borrow it. You’ll be the cool guy who knew about it way back when.

One thing I want to ask is, what’s with taking folks out to cabins to help them get sober? Is this the “in” thing to do? Am I blissfully unaware of a movement that takes addicts into the woods to force them into sobriety, removing them from situations in which they could use or obtain drugs? I’d like to address one thing. The cover boasts that Resolution, “puts the Cabin in the Woods to shame”. I dislike the comparison of these two movies. If anything it bears closer resemblance to the Evil Dead remake, and the really aren’t comparable other than the presence of junkies in need of sobriety. Let’s not fish for viewers. Resolution is too good for that.

You can pick up Resolution NOW! Visit the Tribeca Film website to learn more about this soon to be classic.



  1. Well, to be fair, nobody took this junkie to a cabin to help him detox, it was where he lives.

  2. We kidnapped junkies and took them to cabins in the boonies before it was cool. Been doing it for years.