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Resolution: Film Review

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Crystal Meth is big business, in both reality and fantasy. If you’re tired of everyone you know telling you to watch Breaking Bad because it’s “the best show ever on television”, then you might want to take a peek at the surprisingly intriguing new film from directors Justin Benson and Aaron Scott Moorhead, Resolution.

Written by Benson, the movie combines the current public fascination with crystal meth and ties it to the horror genre in ways that you think would be cheesy but are actually quite compelling. The movie starts off when a young man named Mike (Peter Ciella) stages an intervention for his meth addicted friend Chris (Vinny Curran). He thinks that the biggest obstacle with be getting Chris to come to terms with what meth has done to him.

Instead, it turns out, the abandoned cabin where the intervention is being staged is haunted . . . by some sort of demonic spirit that makes crystal meth addiction look like a sojourn through the Garden of Eden.

The movie works so well because its makers know that this is not a story about addiction any more than Erin Brockovich was a movie about water pollution. This is a movie that takes every horror film cliché, holds it up to be examined and often ridiculed, and then smashes expectations by retrenching itself to those very same clichés. It gets confusing, but that’s part of the fun.

It’s kind of like being on crystal meth. Kind of.

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