Resurrection is concerned with
a series of bizarre murders

Very often a team of actor and director clicks and the movie becomes a classic. This occurred with the combination of Russell Mulcahy and Christopher Lambert with Highlander. This team is back again and the action is as fast paced as ever in Resurrection.

Resurrection is concerned with a series of bizarre murders. Each one is a man thirty-three years of age, each man has the name of an apostle and each one bleed to death when a limb was removed. What follows is a rapid decent into the pursuit of a serial killer. Unlike many movies of this nature little concern is given to why the killer does this. The detective cares little for what made a man into a sadistic murderer. He does not even seem to care to the actual motive except to the point where it may assist in tracking him down. No social causality here only an old fashion go out and get your man before he kills again.

Lambert plays Detective John Prudhomme of the Chicago police. He is presented as a complex man, unable to get most jokes, sullen, withdrawn and the type that keeps to himself. He has a wife played by Barbara Tyson. A little over a year before their child was killed in an accident and, typically, Prudhomme blames himself. He even has a crisis of faith when caught between his unanswered prayers and the Biblical nature of the crime he is investigating. His wife sends for the family priest. A man who is not unfamiliar with the grotesques plays the priest, director David Chronenberg. The remaining cast is excellent and adds further dimension to the main characters although they do little to advance their own. Resurrection is basically a vehicle for Lambert, which is pulled off better than I would have thought possible.

What really makes Resurrection interesting was the direction. Mulcahy employs some very novel cinamagraphic techniques to keep the pace movie while letting you focus on the details of the story. One is a fast move of the camera half way around the actor. It is as if your perspective is whipped around a single moment of time. The other is a very unusal play of the slow motion view that is over used. The new approach used here is visually very interesting. Mucahy does keep you glued to the screen and wondering about what will happen next.

The Resurrection DVD is pretty well done. The picture is excellent, crisp and clear. The one problem is the sound. Often, the bass is so high that I could not understand the dialogue. I had to turn on the sub titles to follow sections of the plot. The added features included an interesting director’s commentary with some good insight as to why things were done the way they were. For the true action buff out there, Resurrection is a must.

Review by Doug MacLean of

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