Toronto After Dark Film Fest: Resolution

Some films are very hard to categorize and summarize without spoiling everything or boring people by rambling on. Resolution certainly fits that description.

The film starts out following the path of most typical cabin-in-the-woods horror films. Michael (Perter Cilella) has traveled to this cabin to help get his friend Chris (Vinny Curran) off drugs and shipped off to rehab. First Chris will have to dry out so to accomplish this Michael handcuffs Chris to the cabin and plans to keep him here till he agrees to rehab. From there the film continues to go on along predictable lines as the local drug dealers stop by to collect on a debt and a few weird people supposedly from a local sanatorium begin to hang around the cabin. From here you might expect the two boys to be terrorized by one or both of these groups but it is not so straight forward.

The impression that this will be a true to its type horror film fades as a mystery begins to develop when a series of bizarre photos and videos begin to appear. It starts off with images of strangers then leads to images of them in both the past and in possible futures.

Besides the mystery which is truly unpredictable and original the most interesting part of the film is the relationship between Michael and Chris. While trying to make sense of what is going on around them they play out a whole relationship drama, we learn of their past and what continues to hold them together as friends. Rarely, do you have two storylines running that are both interesting and will hold your attention like this film accomplishes. It is also rare to find a film that can take you somewhere so unexpected that it’s not only hard to see it coming but to describe after the fact. It might be hard to call this a horror movie in a traditional sense but it does keep you on the edge of your seat and you will be thinking about this film for a long time afterwards, this very well could be the film of the festival.

Resolution at Toronto After Dark Film Festival

Directors: Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead
Principal Cast: Peter Cilella, Vinny Curran, and Zahn McClarnon

Written by Jason Poynton

Jason works on his feet all day, so when he gets some downtime his greatest joy is to settle in at a movie theatre and see a couple movies back-to-back, or in the the case of film festival season race around the city and see four or five in a day. Of course after the movies it’s time to eat and drink and talk it out with some friends.

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