From director Andrew Semans comes an invigorating and intense thriller that will have its audience sink in their seats with suspense. That film is Resurrection. Starring Rebecca Hall and Tim Roth, this suspenseful flick challenged me psychologically. The performance of Hall is where I kept being curious to how much darker her attitude can get. Resurrection is a film that challenges one’s behavior and attitude, and how the past can have dark and irreparable consequences.
Hall is Margaret. She is a successful with an outstanding career. She is also a single mom to her daughter Abbie (played by Grace Kaufman). She is always on top of her game with her career and making sure she is a good mom to Abbie. She has her daily routines to benefit her mental health and stability. All of that comes to halt when David (Roth) comes back into her life. This all makes a fuse go off in Margaret’s head and her mindset to be overprotective (of herself and Abbie) and mentally overwhelming. It becomes increasingly concerning. No one plays the part of overprotective mother better than Hall in this spellbinding work of art.
The stress of Hall’s character will grow awareness of the audience. That is because in every corner she is sensitive, and in every scenario with David she is intense. An element from the past that is unexplained is Why David returns. With Roth as David, and the individual trying to remain neutral. Both the performances of Hall and Roth drive personality clashes to have disturbing outcomes which are invigorating in Resurrection. With Semans also being the writer, he knows how to write a script where tension is on par with the correlation of frustration between Margaret and David throughout the film.
With Hall instilling the overwhelming paranoia throughout Resurrection, the film will grasp viewers attention as her paranoia begins to impact others in the film. It impacts Abbie, it impacts her colleagues, and it also impacts David’s attitude. With David already displaying stalkerish behavior, he still finds a way to maintain his attitude where it does not get him in trouble. He does this so Margaret’s resources from the police can be of little to no help. The paranoia of Hall’s performance only keeps worsening as her resources also choose not to help her.
Resurrection is one of those films that is a visually enticing. It is also original with many engrossing elements. Hall and Roth’s performance is superb. Their protagonist vs. antagonist relationship is Resurrection’s central point of creating Resurrection to be a knockout cinematic experience. There may be light for Margaret, but it may require much more than she anticipates finding the light. Three and a half stars.