The grief felt by the loss of a child is something intangible, and is something that can destroy a person. And this seems to be the underlying focus in the new IFC film Resurrection.
Maggie (Rebecca Hall) is a single mother, and a businesswoman who has total control of her life until a man from her past shows up and flips her life out of control. David (Tim Roth), a much older man, not only once manipulated her as a teen but took her firstborn child and claims he’s in his stomach. Despite this implausible idea, no matter what David says, Maggie does without question whenever he demands it.
Maggie’s control of her life obviously is in direct relation to her past. But her grief seems to be the only thing that she is holding onto and that allows David to manipulate her. But as a woman, or a character, that seems so grounded in reality and life – the control that David flexes seems very unlikely and out of place. She doesn’t hesitate to fall back under his control – but maybe that is the part that is supposed to be scary or the psychological thriller portion. Instead, it shows a weak manipulation with someone that has no real control of reality either.
There’s no doubt that the last quarter of the movie has the most action and meat to the whole story. It almost seems like if they put the same effort into the rest of the movie it would actually be a movie that would give you the chills they’re hoping for. Instead, the story seems to drag and seems extremely unbelievable for the bulk of the story. The actual ending of the film or final act is what will grab viewers overall.
Without a plausible or reasonable reason for David’s actual control over Maggie, it leaves viewers questioning why anyone would believe this. The idea that she’s so enthralled and believes his story is still weak because if she had she would have never left at all. And the lack of repercussions for her actions, throughout the whole film, seems another way the movie is a bit disjointed and more focusing on an idea that may not be as developed as it could be.
Resurrection is hitting theaters in select cities this weekend and will be on Shudder next month.
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Screenwriter and Director Andrew Seman’s jaw-dropping sophomore feature, RESURRECTION had its world premiere at the 2022 Sundance Film Festival. Margaret (Rebecca Hall) leads a successful and orderly life, perfectly balancing the demands of her busy career and single parenthood to her fiercely independent daughter Abbie. Everything is under control. But that careful balance is upended when an unwelcome shadow from her past, David (Tim Roth) returns, carrying with him the horrors of Margaret’s past. Battling her rising fear, Margaret must confront the monster she’s evaded for two decades who has come to conclude their unfinished business. RESURRECTION will be released by IFC Films in theaters on July 29th and on Demand on August 5th. Shudder will be the exclusive streaming home on October 28th.