Resurrection (1999)

Director: Russell Mulcahy
Starring: Christopher Lambert, Robert Joy, David Cronenberg, Leland Orser .USA. 1h 48m

With a recognisable cast and no budget, there’s a clear distinction between Resurrection and the movies it’s imitating, but despite its imilations it’s still a fun watch, but one which could have been extraordinarily gruesome and chilling if put in the right hands.

Christopher Lambert and Leland Orser team up as a bmovie Mills and Somerset as they hunt a deranged killer who’s emabring on a pet project to construct the body of christ, much like John Doe in Se7en this twisted mastermind is incredibly intelligent and masterfully deviant. There’s a huge strive to match the dark oppressing cityscape that Se7en is based in, but having the main officer, John Prudhomme (Lambert) painted as a superstitious cajun there’s a lot of hoops to jump through for a mainstream audience.

There is an evil which I have seen under the sun, and it is common among men. Ecclesiastes 6:1

The film falls into a formula from time to time, every new body is found on a rainy day, followed by a bloody crime scene with puking cops and then a montage of Christopher Lambert hunched over a desk puzzled about this strange killer’s motives. This dejavu technique eventually changes up when a helpful officer steps in with some helpful info and guidance. In the guise of Demus (Robert Joy) the officer has to help Lambert to get back onto the right tracks but it can only end in disaster and cop vs villain attempt to outsmart each other.

“Do you have any idea how difficult it is to get away with murder? There are fifty ways to fuck up a crime and if you can think of twenty of them, you’re a genius. So far, this guy is batting a thousand

– Officer Prudhomme

At some point Orser does that freak out thing that he does so very well, and there’s a few victims found moments before death as if Jigsaw might be lurking around any corner. Despite the plagiarism, it’s not a terrible movie, it could be boosted with better acting, turning down the TV movie tricks and just being its own movie but with huge names like Crimson Rivers/Seven and Anamoph covering most of the bases already it’s hard to really etch your name in on the bit table of twisted killers with a bible in their back pocket. It’s quite frustrating as it seems like a really cool idea on paper, and managed to attract David Croneberg who plays Father Rousell, a helpful man of the cloth and even the trucker from Day of the Dead remake… *sigh* Approach with caution.

Rating: 4/10


Related:Se7en, Anamorph, Crimson Rivers
Lists: Films inspired by Se7en
Spotlight: Christopher Lambert; Leland Orser , Robert Joy


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