Margaret (Rebecca Hall) is living a life that brings fulfilment. Currently working in the medical industry, she is well respected among peers, and co-workers even approach her for life advice. Margaret is single, although she occasionally hooks up with a married co-worker. For Margaret, her true love is her only daughter, Abbie (Grace Kaufman), who lives with Margaret in an apartment.
We learn that Margaret is confident, self-disciplined, firm and highly successful. However, one day while attending a training session, she sees David (Tim Roth) from afar. Instantly panicking, she runs away, fearful and worried. We discover that David was part of Margaret’s horrific past. It’s been years since she last saw him, and his reasons for reappearing in her life contain a deep and disturbing secret. Together, the audience and Margaret go on a journey to discover her dark past and secrets, which she buried long ago. David is mysterious, and his presence, mannerisms and suspicious dialogue keep the audience guessing what the outcomes will be. Now Margaret will do everything she can to stay focused and protect herself and her daughter.
Resurrection is best described as a drama film with a fair amount of thriller and horror thrown into the mix. There’s so much mystery throughout the entire duration, all of which begins with the appearance of David. The plot is a slow burn, and the film commands the audience’s patience as big reveals take time to surface. You can feel the tension and moments of discomfort building and rising for an unexpected finale. Themes such as trauma and the power others can have, especially when in a relationship, are examined throughout.
Performances here are incredibly stunning. Watching actress Rebecca Hall play a strong-willed and confident character is a beautiful sight. Her line deliveries right from the start command the screen. Naturally, once the character David surfaces, we see the actress transform into someone filled with fear, panic, and obsession. Tim Roth as David is excellent- the casting choice for this character can’t be denied. He is unsettling and creepy here, even if his character isn’t a threat or menace. His interactions with Margaret are filled with horror and drama. Supporting actress Grace Kaufman as Abbie brilliantly displays a young adult who is confident and strong in her personality.
Visually, this film can’t be faulted. Dramatic conversations and tension are well displayed here. Close-ups of Rebecca Hall’s face during her line deliveries are excellent. Horror fans will also be content with a few jump scares, which I found to be highly effective and disturbing. Moments of any gore are done well here and again; you can’t help but want to curl up in your cinema chair.
Overall, packed with stunning and jaw-dropping performances from Rebecca Hall and Tim Roth, this film is disturbing and unpredictable. Audiences will continually try to guess the outcomes of each unsettling and tense scene. The themes presented are powerful and relevant. My only big gripe is the ending and final moments, which will be either subjective or baffling for audiences. A precise closure would have been ideal, but I can’t deny it; this film has left me thinking deeply, which is another good factor.