I’m still trying to wrap my head around Resurrection. As I sat in my seat after the film was over, people rushed out of the theater. I overheard some people say they hated it and it was the worst movie they’ve seen this year; clearly, they didn’t see The Bubble on Netflix. While I don’t think it’s the worst movie of the year, it’s definitely a strange movie that is elevated by its lead performances, especially Rebecca Hall.
The movie starts off seemingly normal, with the introduction of Rebecca Hall as Margaret, who is some type of executive with a stylish wardrobe and apartment. She is also an overprotective mother to her almost 18 year old daughter Abbie (Grace Kaufman) and is having an affair with her coworker Peter (Michael Esper). Everything starts to unravel though when she sees David (Tim Roth), a man from her past that makes her even more overprotective and paranoid for the safety of herself and Abbie.
Rebecca Hall is a force of nature in the film; her performance is easily one of the best and most memorable I’ve seen this year. At one point, she has a 10 minute monologue where she delves into her past as the camera slowly zooms in on her; it will make sure incredibly uncomfortable but also impressed by the acting at the same time. This is a woman who has been through unimaginable things in her lifetime at the hands of David and will do anything she has to do to protect herself and her daughter. It’s an Oscar worthy performance in my mind, but I have a feeling it will be another Toni Collette in Hereditary situation.
Grace Kaufman does a great job as well as Abbie. She wants independence from Margaret as she’s getting ready to go to college, as any young adult would. She has some great emotional moments as well and holds her own going up against Rebecca Hall in some scenes. Michael Esper doesn’t get a lot to do as Peter, but he serves his purpose in helping move the story along at times. He cares for Margaret more than she cares for him, which doesn’t always get shown on screen.
The other standout performance of the film is Tim Roth as David. This is a sadistic man who continues to have a hold on Margaret after she escaped from him 22 years ago. It’s his introduction into the film that turns it from a thriller into a horror movie, and the ending will have your jaw on the floor with what transpired at the end. I don’t want to spoil it because you truly have to see it to believe it.
Overall, the movie has some story issues for sure; some parts are dragged out more than needed, while others don’t make sense for why they were there. I also don’t know if I would recommend seeing it in theaters either. While the experience with an audience at the end was wild, it’s also an ending that would make many disappointed for spending the money for the ticket. If you are a horror/thriller fan, you will definitely enjoy Resurrection and I would recommend at least renting/watching it on streaming when possible, especially for Rebecca Hall’s performance.