Resurrection

Ok, that was something.

What exactly, I am not sure.

Resurrection is a psychological horror/thriller film starring Rebecca Hall and Tim Roth. Rebecca Hall played Margaret, a reasonably successful woman who had a happy relationship with her daughter Abbie (Grace Kaufman), who was preparing to head off to college soon.

Things took a turn for the dark as Margaret spots David (Tim Roth), an abusive and controlling boyfriend from her past that brought back the terrible memories of the end of that relationship.

I can’t go into any more of the story or plot without massive spoilers. I’m not sure how I feel about the story that is told. It feels as if Margaret is just losing her mind, trying to deal with the trauma from her past, but it takes a real swerve here out of the world of reality.

The performance of Rebecca Hall is completely amazing. She is the reason to watch this movie. Her decent into her breakdown is heart-breaking as the relationship between mother and daughter is strained. Hall has delivered several powerful performances in her career, but this psychological story allows her to take her work to a new level. About halfway through the movie, Rebecca Hall delivers a monologue telling her story with David that is chilling to the core.

One of the truths of Resurrection is that, as an audience member, there are plenty of time that you are not quite sure what was happening. There is a disbelief that anything we are seeing happening is actually happening and that it is nothing more than a delusion from the rapidly descending psyche of Margaret.

Tim Roth gives us a great performance opposite of Hall as well. He is totally creepy and someone who feels every bit as cruel and abusive as this character shows. His manipulations and power over Margaret made me yell out a couple of times or her to just tell this guy off. Roth made himself totally unlikable immediately and, when you discover the past between them, makes you hate him even more.

The ending is going to cause plenty of dissent. It is so out there that I can see how it will color audience’s perspective of everything else that came before it. It is weird.

The ending made me uncertain as well. I would say, overall, that I would recommend this, in particular for the work of Rebecca Hall and Tim Roth, but brace yourself.

3.75

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