“I think it wants a story,” a worried Mike tells his friend Chris, who’s still handcuffed to the metal pipe.
I didn’t know a lot about the film going into the screening at the NY Comic Con this past Sunday. The film premiered at this year’s Tribeca Film Festival, and the buzz that has built since has been very positive, so I took a shot and attended this early screening (it doesn’t get released theatrically until next year by Tribeca Films). I’m glad that I attended because I would label this a must-see film.
One night, Michael (Peter Cilella) receives an e-mail with a video of his longtime best friend Chris (Vinny Curran) high on drugs. Michael uses the map attached to the e-mail to find the cabin where Chris is currently staying at and, after tasering him, handcuffs him to a pipe so that he can help him get clean. Michael intends to be there for a week, and he decides to explore the area as a way to kill time. As he encounters odd antiques around the area, he must also deal with drug dealers, a UFO cult, a Native American landlord who wants them out by the end of the week (since it turns out that the cabin is on an Indian reservation), and an encounter with an odd Frenchman (in one of the film’s best scenes). Different forms of media also keep popping up: seemingly old film footage, projection slides, cave paintings, and a videotape are among those items that, when further scrutinized, reveal that Chris and Michael may be in serious danger and that these may be messages from a possible future if left unaltered.
Peter Cilella and Vinny Curran deliver powerful performances. They have solid chemistry and they bring the right amount of earnestness to their roles that even when they’re funny, they never veer into camp or slapstick; their exchanges feel real and authentic. Not once do their characters ever feel like caricatures; these are both fleshed-out characters who slowly begin to realize the danger they’re in and only Cilella’s Michael is able to figure out how to correctly proceed without getting them killed.
Besides a terrific cast, special praise must go out to Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead. Benson wrote the excellent screenplay, and Moorhead did a fantastic job with the cinematography and visual effects. Benson and Moorhead also co-edited and co-directed the film. Melissa Low was responsible for the eerily real production design. Resolution comes off as a sort of low budget version of The Cabin In the Woods, and that’s definitely not a bad thing. Be sure to check it out when it’s available in your area!