Alice Oscura, Featured Writer
Plot: Successful businesswoman and single mother Margaret seems to have everything under control in her life. Until a man from her past returns and threatens to destroy her orderly life with dark and disturbing secrets.
Warning: Contains minor spoilers.
Review: Looking for a psychological thriller that’s got strong performances and leaves you feeling slightly disturbed afterward? Well, look no further. Resurrection written and directed by Andrew Semans (Nancy Please, 2012) has got all that you’re looking for in a slow-burn, intensely disturbing, and mind-bending thriller. But you do need to keep an open mind once the final story is revealed.
The strongest element that will surely captivate audiences would be the performances. Rebecca Hall has proven time and again that she can handle extremely intense, emotionally driven scripts for plots that are out of the ordinary. For reference, you can check out 2020’s psychological thriller The Night House. Hall seems to thrive on scripts where her character is forced to undergo traumatic experiences almost to the point of breaking psychologically.
The story follows a woman named Margaret (Hall) who seems to have an orderly, pleasant lifestyle. She is a successful businesswoman and a single mother to almost 18-year-old Abbie (Grace Kaufman). Margaret obsessively seems to control every aspect of her life to an almost OCD level. However, her obsessiveness seems to be as necessary as a crutch to support her. The audience can observe a nervous nature hidden beneath the façade of overconfidence at certain points during the film. It rears its ugly head whenever Abbie’s safety might be compromised. Hall’s bewitching performance reaches a climatic peak during one particular scene where the camera focuses on just her for almost eight minutes as she reveals the disturbing and bizarre story from her past. This will set the tone for the rest of the film.
Once actor Tim Roth in the role of David Moore finally speaks onscreen it will surprise you to see how he can deliver his dialogue in a manner that successfully projects his manipulative character without resorting to acting like a raving lunatic. David left such a deep mental scar that his resurgence in Margaret’s life causes her to immediately go into panic mode. And little by little her once professional, clean-cut persona begins fraying at the seams. Her extreme behaviour even prompts her daughter to question her mother’s sanity. Much to the audience’s annoyance (or at least this reviewer), Margaret doesn’t reveal the reason behind her unhinged behaviour to her daughter. Margaret’s mind begins to fracture more and more under David’s pressure and soon we begin to wonder if the final reveal is something that was happening or if it was a coping mechanism for her to help deal with the truth of the situation. The conclusion leaves an ambiguity to the story that will not only question the main protagonist’s sanity but the viewers too.
While the plot suffers minor execution flaws and story believability, Hall’s performance is sure to astound with this sordid tale about the result of toxic relationships, emotional abuse, and the infinite love of a mother.
Score: 6.5 out of 10
Dark Alice has an old soul and a curious mind. I believe that anyone can be a hero and that the good guys should always win! I dislike cruelty to animals and think that they have far superior qualities to humans. My motto is there is no future without the past. I also have a weird penchant for Paranormal TV shows even though the slightest sound makes me jump. I enjoy writing reviews and throwing in fun facts to pique the readers’ curiosity. My ultimate goal in life would be to become a published writer one day. Read More
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