Director: Justin Benson and Aaron Scott Moorhead
Stars: Peter Cilella, Vinny Curran, Kurt David Anderson, Emily Montague, Skyler Meacham, Zahn McClarnon
In a loose sense, Resolution is a horror movie, thus making it the Tribeca Film Festival’s best “scary” film this year. But first-time directors Justin Benson (also the screenwriter) and Aaron Scott Moorhead had too many wild influences in their heads while assembling this bizarre, clever, and meticulously ambiguous genre mash-up to simply lump it into the horror lane.
Besides, lead actors Peter Cilella and Vinny Curran—the former playing a worried friend who forces his drug-abusing best friend (Curran) into a makeshift rehab inside a run-down cabin—are too damn funny to leave viewers permanently unsettled. That task is left to Benson’s subversive script, a sneaky baffler complete with allusions to Lovecraftian mythos, Native American customs, and meta supernaturalism.
A do-it-yourself indie that’s low on finances but high on ambition, Resolution deserves a chance to confound art-house and mainstream viewers alike. IFC Midnight or Magnolia Pictures, the time is now.