Rebecca Hall becomes way overprotective with her daughter over a dark past in overwhelming thriller.
“Resurrection” left me with mixed feelings on certain elements, some of which other people may or may not agree with me on. It’s a stalker thriller that works only when we deal with the woman confronting the man who ruined her life, and not when there’s the obligatory mother-daughter story that goes over the top.
Rebecca Hall is fine in the role of Maragret, a successful English businesswoman with an American daughter named Abbie (Grace Kaufman), who spends more time with her friends than she does at home with her mom. Her life seems to be in complete satisfaction. That is until she begins seeing David (Tim Roth), the man she had an affair with when she was 18, until he become a monster.
Every time she sees him, she runs away. Even her daughter is in question about it, but her mother doesn’t tell her what her issue is.
When Margaret comes to David, telling him to get out of her life, he holds her at an emotional gunpoint. In order to get her life back to normal, he makes her go to walk to work barefoot. But that’s not enough.
She has to be the overprotective mother, practically frightening her daughter, and injuring her sex buddy Peter (Michael Esper) for worrying about her.
The way the movie handles with the mother-daughter arguments nearly reminded me of how poorly executed “Joyful Noise” was when Queen Latifah slapped her daughter in the face and yelled at her. That movie scarred me for life. I don’t care what the reason is. I hate these kind of arguments when the child doesn’t finish the argument and when the adult gets the last word. Kids can be as smart as adults. If anyone has a problem with my compliant, come and talk to me about it.
And even more displeasing is how she attacks Peter when all he was trying to do was support her. She has to say: “It’s none of your business” and “stay away from my family.” I don’t care what you people write in the comments, I still think she’s an ungrateful snipe.
“Resurrection” only works when we see how the stalker pressures the woman, and how he tries to inform her how their relationship could have been. The dialogue and tension really thickens, while the movie has to end with something so bizarre and so wicked, it’s impossible to even comprehend if this man is a human or a demon. Hall and Roth are both able to have chemistry within the true colors, and they act convincingly on various levels.
With what happens, I was nearly reminded of how polarized “mother!” left critics and audiences. I was left in a tizzy, Peter Travers (who used to write for “Rolling Stone”) gave it a rave review, and I remember an old man walking up to me saying: “Utter garbage.” I didn’t hate it as much as audiences did, but I can still see why.
Aside from the execution, the scenes with Hall and Roth are more intriguing than how the mother-daughter story takes place.
On a footnote: as you know I have autism, which makes me stressed out about certain scenes with certain dialogue and certain situations. I’m sorry if you’re uncomfortable with how I expressed my issues of “Resurrection,” but we can’t enjoy every movie. I just hope this explains things. If you have anymore questions, please don’t hesitate to ask. I’m available.
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