‘Resurrection’ Review – Sundance 2022

Resurrection: Directed by: Andrew Semans

SYNOPSIS: Margaret leads a successful and orderly life, perfectly balancing the demands of her busy career and single parenthood to her fiercely independent daughter Abbie. But that careful balance is upended when she encounters an unwelcome shadow from her past.

With a cast led by Rebecca Hall and Tim Roth and an extremely interesting story involved, this was a headliner of the Sundance Film Festival. This was one of if not the most anticipated films of the festival for most of my colleagues that are also checking out Sundance, so truth be told I was very intrigued and excited to give this one a look. The elements were all there, everything from the writing to the cast, but that hype left me very quickly.

There is no doubt that the main performances in this film are absolutely fantastic. Rebecca Hall is absolutely game-changing throughout, cementing that she is one of the best working in the industry today. Watching her slowly move deeper and deeper into insanity is absolutely incredible and very impressive. It was truly a feat of acting. Tim Roth is another character completely, playing a calm but very demented charater who is very controlling the entire storyline. Without his menacing presence, the film would have not been able to move forward.

The performances are the saving grace of this rather lackluster and rather confusing film. The writing struggles heavily beyond the actual character. The story, while rather simple in the synopsis, really loses track as it continues on. It went from psychological thriller to absolutely crazy/mental mystery. As the story continued to unfold, instead of answering questions like a normal mystery would, we were left with more and more questions than before. 

Then came the final act/finale that completely lost me. The writing went from one spectrum to a completely different one, completely changing the dynamic of the story, and not for the good. Most horror/thriller films have a surprise that takes place, but this one just fell absolutely flat for me. This is the problem with the writing. I was already lost as we reached the finale, so they decided to fully throw the script on the head and change everything. I didn’t love it and it gave me the validation that I had no idea what I was watching. Confusing, misguided and just plain not good. 

FINAL: Resurrection is a dark and disturbing film that had lots of good ideas and was anchored by a brilliant cast with incredible performances from Rebecca Hall and Tim Roth. The slow burn of insanity shown by Hall is incredibly impressive and very disturbing. Unfortunately, the writing is just too lackluster, confusing and just plain bonkers, and not in a good way. I wanted to love this film, I wanted to be fully involved, but the really poorly written and confusing ending really kills it for me.

Point Breakdown:

15 for Writing: 9

15 for Performances: 13

10 for Entertainment: 7

10 for Direction: 7

10 for Emotions: 6

5 for Cinematography: 3

5 for Score: 3

5 for Pacing: 3

15 for Technical: 12

5 for Rewatchability: 3

5 for Automatic: 5

Resurrection: 72/100 | Grade: C-

Jack Lautaret is a banana meter approved film critic, the founder of the Jack Lautaret YouTube Channel and host of the Finatic Film Review Podcast. He is a member of the Online Film and Television Association. Twitter: @JackLautaret

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