Resurrection (\N)

Margaret's life is in order. She is capable, disciplined, and successful. Everything is under control. That is, until David returns, carrying with him the horrors of Margaret's past.
  • 5.9 /10.0 IMDB Rating:
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  • 2020-01-09 Added:
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9 / 10

Resurrection is an exceptionally tense, frighteningly realistic psychological thriller, deeply elevated by a masterclass performance from Rebecca Hall.

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"Resurrection is an exceptionally tense, frighteningly realistic psychological thriller, deeply elevated by a masterclass performance from Rebecca Hall. The latter becomes a major contender for awards even beyond the festival, offering an unforgettable, mesmerizing, haunting display of a traumatized mother.

From a hypnotizing, uninterrupted 10-minute monologue to nerve-wracking interactions with an also remarkably creepy Tim Roth, Andrew Semans puts the actress through shocking, disturbing plot points and emotionally devastating character development. The lingering cinematography and powerfully effective sound design exponentially increase the suspense and intensity levels.

A divisive, multiple-interpretation ending may divide some viewers, and a slight loss of momentum during the second act may reduce the climax impact, but these are minor issues in what will end up as one of the very best movies of the year."

Rating: A.

7 / 10

Hall and Roth both work great together

Saw this back at the 2022 Sundance Film Festival

"Resurrection" is a different kind of horror movie. It's more of a slow burn thriller that continues to make you feel tense and uncomfortable, yet captivating at the same time. Director Andrew Semans seems to understand how cinema works as his direction provides a great sense of suspension and thrills throughout the movie. With captaining camerawork and great performances from Rebecca Hall and Tim Roth. Hall is one of the my favorite underrated actresses even if she had been in some stinkers in the past as the same for Tim Roth. Roth always never fails to impress me with his stylish performances and personality he carries on his shoulders. Grace Kaufman was also really good as well.

The emotional impact of this film works well because of the writing. The writing creates many scenarios that felt creepy and filled with tension. There's even a scene where it's a 10 minute or so dialogue shot that focuses on the character for some time but it never feels boring because of the performance given to create a realistic approach of that scene. With great camerawork, production and interesting character development. It's not 100 percent perfect as there are some pacing issues halfway and certain moments that felt it could have been re written. In my opinion, the ending felt a little rushed as if they had ran out of time to finish filming the rest of the movie. Although these flaws appeared, the movie still was a really good fun experience.

Good Flick.

Rating: B+

8 / 10

Fantastic performances in an unnerving movie

IN A NUTSHELL:Fantastic performances by Rebecca Hall and Tim Roth in a very unnerving movie. Don't worry. This is a spoiler-free review because it's one of those movies that you'll experience better if you don't know much about it.

THINGS I LIKED:Rebecca Hall is absolutely fantastic and even mesmerizing.

I've been a fan of Tim Roth for many years too. He is perfectly creepy.

I really enjoyed Grace Kaufman's believable performance too.

Fun fact: The movie was filmed in Albany, New York. If you know the Hudson River area, you'll notice the main character jobs down a path in the Corning Preserve near the iconic Railroad bridge.

During the majority of the film, you simply don't understand what you're seeing, so you keep watching to try to figure it out.

The title is intriguing and perfectly describes what happens.

THINGS I DIDN'T LIKE:As soon as I saw that the lead female was having an affair with a married man, I instantly didn't like her. That's disgusting and completely unacceptable in my book. Later, we learn she slept around with lots of other men.

The ending will make you say, "What the what?" Viewers will want more clarity and closure.

TIPS FOR PARENTS:An unmarried couple groans in bed while having an affair several times in bed and then in a public bathroom. We don't see nudity, but motion.

Profanity, including F-bombsA mother gives her minor daughter alcoholBloody, gory murder

THEMES:MotherhoodWeakness & strengthReliving past traumaReality vs. ParanoiaPower & controlEmotional spirals

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8 / 10

Gruesome, but groovy!

I viewed Resurrection last night at the Sundance London UK premiere, complete with post-screening Q&A with Writer-Director Andrew Semans. I'm not normally a fan of horror films, but this piece stands out for originality, some great performances, and the well-crafted sterility of its Albany, NY setting. Rebecca Hall's gutsy, way-over-the-top performance as the main character is awesome, Grace Kaufman is perfect as her college-bound slacker daughter, and the two male leads are appropriately chilling and sympathetic respectively. In the flesh, Semans comes across as a mild-mannered professorial 40-year-old, with an odd predilection for shocking audiences. Here, he unleashes the mounting tension effectively, and then subjects us to a harrowing, and over-long, meltdown into frenzy. Product warnings- avoid consuming a big steak dinner prior to viewing, prepare to enter a fantasy world set in a bland think-tank environment, and remember you've already seen the worst bits in episodes of CSI! A fun evening at the cinema!

6 / 10

All Dressed Up and Nowhere to Go

Rebecca Hall convincingly portrays a successful business executive who begins to get glimpses of the man who psychologically tortured and abused her when she was a young woman. Tim Roth plays this sicko and does it well.

Hall's character is stressed both by her job and by her overprotected daughter leaving for college. She sees her vulnerable younger self both in her daughter and in a young intern at work who asks her advice about a bad relationship. And Hall's character has never really dealt with what happened to her years before.

So, from the start, you wonder, are these new sightings of Roth real, or is she having a psychotic breakdown? The tension between these two alternatives provides the tension of the movie.

The problem is, eventually the filmmaker has to choose, and neither choice can lead to an ending that is both interesting and credible. (I suppose the occasional filmmaker never does choose, which is by far the worst decision.)

On the whole, this is not my kind of film, but it is pretty well done.