Closing out the sixth night of Toronto After Dark 2012 was the surprisingly hilarious flick Resolution.
Mike (Peter Cilella) heads out to a rundown cabin after getting a video from his friend Chris (Vinny Curran). Chris is terribly addicted to meth, and Mike decides this is the last chance to get him to clean up. He handcuffs Chris to a pipe in the cabin so he can get clean for one week, at which point Mike will set him loose to decide what he wants to do with his life. As the two friends struggle through Chris’ withdrawal, strange objects start appearing around the cabin. Convinced that someone is watching them, Mike tries to figure out what is happening while still dealing with Chris and his addiction.
To be honest, I’m still processing this film in my head. It’s a relatively straight forward story, but a couple of strange twists leaves events up to individual interpretation. I heard quite a few different ideas, and all of them sounded reasonable, but I’m not sure I’ve decided what I think was really going on. That’s about as specific as I’m going to get with this one. You won’t find a spoiler here. At the heart of the story is the relationship between Mike and his old friend Chris, who just happens to be addicted to meth now. Peter Cilella and Vinny Curran are incredible in the film. Since the majority of the time is spent with just those two characters, their performances are the most vital piece of the film. If the actors fail, there’s nothing left. Thankfully they are perfectly matched, forming a very realistic friendship.
Despite a trailer that gives off a rather dark atmosphere, Resolution is actually very funny. There are plenty of strange and intense moments, but even many of those have a dose of comedy. Much of that comes from Vinny Curran, who is just a naturally funny person. The dialogue between Chris and Mike is well written, but performed to perfection by Curran and Peter Cilella. It’s extremely natural feeling, and when they tell stories of their past, you feel like it’s something that has actually happened. Curran has the double task of not only being rather funny, but of also having a meth addiction. When Mike handcuffs Chris to a pipe, Chris’ reaction is priceless. His abrupt attitude changes towards Mike work well, and you get the impression of a person who wants to stop being an addict, but isn’t sure he possibly can.
The relationship between the two characters works much better than the strange objects they find. Mike and Chris are given plenty of time to reveal the aspects of their personality, but the mystery that grows around them doesn’t seem to be as fleshed out. That actually helps out a bit at the end though. The mystery blends into the background, which causes the audience to pay more attention to the characters. When the end finally comes, you feel compelled to watch the film again, convinced that you must have missed that all important clue which will reveal anything.
Under the marquee – Will