Thursday, January 23, 2014

In short: Resolution (2012)

Warning: unbearable coyness ahead

Mike (Peter Cilella) has been emailed a video of the psychotic breakdown of his meth-addicted best friend Chris (Vinny Curran), who spends his life slowly, and very consciously, killing himself way out in the boons. Mike drives out there to make one last attempt to convince Chris to go into rehab.

When Chris declines, Mike tasers him and cuffs him as the starting point for a one-week cold turkey (because that sort of thing helps so well with drug addiction). But stranger and stranger things begin happening around the two.

Justin Benson's and Aaron Moorhead's Resolution is one of these movies putting a rather large problem in front of me, since really getting into its most interesting aspects will do more than just spoil a plot (and who cares about plot?), it will ruin the wonderful unpredictability of the story. While I’m not afraid of spoilers, that would be too much of a shame for me to take responsibility for concerning a film very much about stories. It's particularly irksome in this case because really everything that's great about the film (except perhaps the fine acting) is really bound up in the things I won't talk about.

So this is one of these place holder write-ups where I coyly tell you how great a film is, and that everyone interested in a film in the same vein as modern weird fiction (in the sense of say, the Vandermeers' The Weird anthology) should watch it, but won't ever come out with what exactly is so great about the film. On the other hand, I'm not writing about movies to ruin them, so this will have to do.

2 comments:

Justin Benson said...

Thank you so much for taking a thoughtful look!

houseinrlyeh aka Denis said...

You're welcome!