Resolution has elements of terror, but is hardly a horror film. If anything, it fits more in the small sub-genre of independent time-travel science-fiction horror. Even without having elements of time travel, it is Timecrimes, Triangle, and Primer that this film most resembles. Rather than providing thrills which fall apart upon further examination, as most spectacle-filled horror films excel at doing, Resolution is a slow-moving film filled with occasional eerie sequences between extended scenes of naturalistic dialogue between two characters in a cabin.
When Mike (Peter Cilella) receives a mysterious video via email from his meth-addicted friend, Chris (Vinny Curran), he plans a forced rehabilitation. Mike finds Chris squatting in a cabin on the edge of an Indian reservation, forcing him to quit cold turkey. There are many obstacles from Chris’s druggie lifestyle which Mike is forced to handle, including money debts and permission to stay in the cabin for a limited amount of time. There are also many reasons to leave the cabin as quickly as possible, including mysterious pictures and videos of tragic death stories left in and around the cabin for Mike to discover. There is something unique about the cabin which is as much a mystery to the audience as it is the two men residing within its walls.
Realizing that this is an independent film helps in understanding why there is so much screen time dedicated to dialogue rather than action, but the mood is somewhat deterred from frightening with the nonchalant manner with which these characters respond to supernatural activity. There are a lot of great choices made by directors Justin Benson and Aaron Scott Moorhead, but there is a lot of suspense allowed to dissipate with preference given to comedic relief. That being said, there is enough to make this film worth watching again. It has a way of making you think, whether you enjoyed the viewing experience or not.
The Blu-ray/DVD combo pack includes plenty of exclusive special features, on top of the high definition presentation and standard disc. There is a cast and crew commentary track, as well as an interview with the filmmakers and exclusive intros. Also included are parody video, outtakes and additional unseen footage.
Entertainment Value: 7/10
Quality of Filmmaking: 7/10
Historical Significance: 6/10
Disc Features: 8/10