For a long time in fact, for over half of its running time you would not be mistaken in thinking that Resolution was not even a horror film at all. It could easily be a micro-budgeted indie drama about two friends confronting their lives over an enforced intervention at a backwoods cabin. The characterisation between the two men is well written in particular, the stretches of dialogue where Vinny Curran justifies his enjoyment of his getting high and as to why he should be left to die the way he wants and the often-searing, at time wry, self-analysis that the two of them undergo. For newbie directors, the show is promisingly put together, while the performances from the two leads are very good. If nothing else, Resolution at least does something very different from the usual brand of backwoods cabin horror films as typified by The Evil Dead (1982).
As we watch the intervention drama taking place, weird things start to creep in the photographs, clippings, film reels and so on that are mysteriously left for Peter Cilella to find that start to hint at disturbed happenings but initially come so nonchalantly layered in that you dont pay them overly much attention. The situation starts to become increasingly more mysterious as Cilella talks to people he encounters, uncovering details about who was there previously that start to hint at all manner of wild happenings. The film hits a decidedly creepy note when the two of them start finding that someone is surveilling them and leaving copies of the tapes of them for them to find. In these moments, Resolution suggests a variant on the early sections of David Lynchs Lost Highway (1997).
By the end, Resolution has become a film of cryptic and inexplicable happenings. It sits in the same territory as The Picnic at Hanging Rock (1975) and YellowBrickRoad (2010) or perhaps more closely a better version of the recent Toad Road (2012). [PLOT SPOILERS] Towards the end, this becomes decidedly eerie especially where the two men receive a webcam broadcast showing them in the cabin live that moment and then video footage and even audio cds of things that are about to happen (that involves both of them and/or Cilellas wife being killed). There is the creepy moment where they sit back in the car and say it cant do anything to us here only a drum to abruptly fall over in the background. The film reaches a bizarrely abrupt ending where the cabin is set on fire, followed by the camera taking the point-of-view of something unseen that casts a giant shadow as it rises up, towering over the two mens heads as Vinny Curran cries Im sorry to it, just before the shot abruptly cuts to black.
Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead next went onto receive widespread acclaim for their film Spring (2014) about the romance between a guy and an immortal girl and the equally striking Bonestorm segment of V/H/S Viral (2014). They subsequently made The Endless (2017) set around a cult.