Fantasia 2012 - Resolution

Resolution USA 2012

Written by Justin Benson
Produced by Justin Benson, David Lawson
Cast Peter Cilella, Vinny Curran, Kurt David Anderson, Emily Montague, Skyler Meacham

One of my favourite things about Fantasia is that I'm given the opportunity to see distinctive films from all over the globe. This gets my heart racing and gives me a physical rush that I feel all over my body. I am pleased to say that Resolution, directed by Justin Benson and Aaron Scott Moorhead, gave me a notable physical feeling after the screening. My gnawed cuticles acknowledged that the suspense was just right, keeping the audience and I on the edge of our boisterous seats.

A saga of friendship is where this mysterious plotline originates. Michael is our handsome and caring protagonist who is determined to get his long-time friend Chris detoxed and back to his droll, sober self.  The recognizable plan is to track him down and handcuff him to a pipe and let him experience the fucking diehard cold turkey treatment with no exceptions, because that is what friends are for!

So now that the audience has made a connection with these pretty engaging characters, it is time to start adding some unnerving and mystic fundamentals. While Chris is handcuffed, Michael decides to investigate the surrounding area; we then discover the rumours of an urban legend and we then stumble upon some very interesting video footage that helps the shit hit the fan. 

No more spoilers because this is one movie to be seen and experienced for oneself. I might even say it is my choice for one of the best films at Fantasia this year. 

Resolution is memorable and worth seeing and worth having a conversation about. The filmmakers are quite memorable themselves, as they made the right decisions when it came to casting since the characters kept my eye glued to the screen. All in all it was imaginative, pleasurable and distinct. We should also keep our eyes peeled for whatever they are working on next! What can I say? I'm a sucker for tasteful, creepy, strange, and abnormal cinema.

-Andrea Boulet