Rebecca Hall stuns in an otherwise disappointing thriller with no thrills

Resurrection sits somewhere between a serious thriller and a film full of camp. However, writer/director Andrew Semans is caught in the middle. As a result, Resurrection does not know in which direction to proceed, which creates a confusing narrative. The night house Actor Rebecca Hall delivers a sensational performance that elevates the film but doesn’t solve its issues.

Margaret Can’t Run Away From The Past Forever In “Resurrection”

Rebecca Hall as Margaret | Sundance Institute/Wyatt Garfield

Margaret (Hall) has a successful job and a seemingly ordinary life. She is raising her daughter, Abbie (Grace Kaufman), who is about to turn 18 and move out for college. However, Margaret’s organized life turns into pure chaos when she begins seeing a man she believes is from her past named David (Tim Roth).

The more Margaret sees David in seemingly random places, the more paranoid she becomes. These moments terrify Abbie and begin to push her away. Margaret is sure that David is here to ruin her happy life. She’s willing to do whatever it takes to protect the life she’s built for herself.

Writer/director Andrew Semans pursues bizarre comments about trauma and family

Resurrection presents Margaret as a mother who loves very deeply but does not hide her insecurities well. She has sex with a man from work as an outlet for her mounting stress. Margaret is the type of character who doesn’t let anyone break through her emotional walls, including the audience. Resurrection teases her main character’s past and rebirth, as she takes up drawing for the first time in 20 years, but refuses to let anyone see it.

Margaret has nightmares that get worse over time. Semans’ storyline gives a clue to a particularly disturbing storyline that includes a baby. It is clear that his greatest fears are related to his family. Margaret’s authoritarian tendencies continue to turn into extreme paranoia, not giving her daughter the benefit of the doubt as she grows into adulthood.

Resurrection comes to a head when David’s presence follows Margaret. Semans does not initially reveal whether his accusations are true or part of an illusion. The storyline explores toxic relationships and Margaret blames David. She walks away from the life she has built, tearing it down to do what she thinks is right. Each character goes through their own resurrection, staying true to the film’s title.

Rebecca Hall is the highlight of “Resurrection”

ResurrectionHall’s greatest strength resides. She delivers a phenomenal performance as Margaret that is often heartbreaking and deeply complex. Hall delivers a long monologue that completely grips the viewer. It’s an important moment of realization for Margaret, but it’s also the biggest scene of all. Resurrection. Hall’s nuanced performance digs under the skin.

Semans preloads the story, placing Resurrectionthe most fascinating elements of the first half of the film. It creates a sense of mystery and intrigue as to what is really going on. However, he reveals his cards far too soon, diminishing all the pre-established tension. The rest of Resurrection has a drastic change of tone in a totally different film. Things get pretty violent and bloody, but the narrative comes to a halt in its tracks to make its finale work.

Resurrection Competently builds up the tension at the start, but quickly cuts Margaret’s journey down to something far less meaningful and engaging. Hall delivers the top-notch level of performance that audiences have come to expect from her, though that’s not enough to stop the narrative from sabotaging itself. Resurrection is much less than the sum of its parts.

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