Here’s the next installment of my top 31 horror films since 2000.
#18 Resolution (2013)
Man, what a cool movie. Talk about expectations blown; so clever and inventive, funny and unusual.
Michael, married and about to be a father, receives a video map, a cry for help, from his crack-addict best friend Chris who, since wrecking Mike’s wedding has gone AWOL. Mike decides to find Chris and in a final effort to save his friendship and Chris’ life, tracks him down, chains him to the shack he’s been squatting, in order get his friend and attempts to get his friend clean. So begins a week of discovery down a weird rabbit hole that begins with the realization that Chris didn’t send the video leading him to his friend. Mike stumbles across clues left for him by an unknown source, including impossibly shot footage of the two of them together since Mike’s arrival. As the mystery unravels, their reality and sanity come into question.
The real charm of this film, is the very real and powerful bond between Mike, Chris and us, the viewer. Are we meant to be watching these two in their raw intimacy? Sometimes they catch us watching. Are they our fiction, or are we theirs. Whatever’s going on, we’re in it together
With such an intelligent concept, brilliantly executed with little or no razzle-dazzle, Resolution resonates. It’s not a horror film in the traditional sense. There’s maybe one jump scare, almost no violence, and very little blood. But it is unsettling and builds a slow-burn fever of dread.
Check out the trailer below and be sure to tune in tomorrow for #17.