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5.0 out of 5 stars So twisted. So demented. Get it!
"Resurrection" was a surprise film that was on cable. After watching it, I had to own it. The plot is great, the characters are superb. The maniac is so twisted with his religious beliefs.
I don't want to ruin the main concept but this film is full of gore and grissly, graphic scenes. Not for the squirmish. The graphic scenes are so realistic and what the...
Published on May 3 2004 by isawcher08_04_04

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3.0 out of 5 stars Good story, Bad acting
This movie has a very good story. It is really frightening and suspenseful. However, the acting leaves much to be desired. I don't like to say anything negative about Christopher Lambert because I do like him a lot. I think that he did a good job in HIGHLANDER, THE ROAD KILLERS, and THE HUNTED. I also think that he was very good in HIGHLANDER: ENDGAME. But he was not good...
Published on Sept. 22 2000


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4.0 out of 5 stars Not that Bad..., Aug. 11 2006
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Raegan Butcher (Rain City, USA) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Resurrection [Import] (DVD)
This wasn't bad at all. It does bear a strong resemblance to SEVEN but its interesting enough in its own right to warrant at least one viewing. The film looks great, all washed-out greens and blues and grays--and it benefits from the restless, edgy camera-work by Jonathan Freeman. There is a surprisingly good performance from Christopher Lambert. Leland Orser also provides strong support as Lambert's partner. The film breaks down and becomes somewhat predictable by the 3rd act; there are a few too many car chases and shoot-outs,and the rooftop showdown with the villain dangling a rubber-looking baby over the rainy precipice is actually rather laughable, but for the first two-thirds, RESURRECTION is pretty gripping. It's nice to see the director Russell Mulcahy teaming up with Christopher Lambert again. Perhaps its their long association that has enabled Lambert to give one of his best performances; when actors form working partnerships with specific directors, the results usually get better and better as their collaborations progress. I enjoyed this film more than ALONG CAME A SPIDER.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Too many clichés, July 13 2004
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This review is from: Resurrection [Import] (DVD)
Take some of the most popular horror/thriller cop movies, add plenty of water, with only the slightest pinch of acting, mix in a blender.
This is the unfortunate drink recipe that you think has to taste better as you get to the end of it, but instead leaves a sour aftertaste feeling that you were duped into watching the whole thing.
This might sound harsh, but the movie "borrowed" so many themes, characters, and tragedies from such greats as Se7en & Manhunter to name a few, and even sunk into recycling the overused "dead child/wife/husband" (insert appropriate sorrow invoking event here).
Save yourself and watch the "reel" classics that this feebly tried to imitate.
Please subtract 1 star from this rating for the sake of accuracy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars So twisted. So demented. Get it!, May 3 2004
This review is from: Resurrection [Import] (VHS Tape)
"Resurrection" was a surprise film that was on cable. After watching it, I had to own it. The plot is great, the characters are superb. The maniac is so twisted with his religious beliefs.
I don't want to ruin the main concept but this film is full of gore and grissly, graphic scenes. Not for the squirmish. The graphic scenes are so realistic and what the maniac ends up doing is shocking! Lambert plays detective Prudhomme who is not partically accepted by his fellow officers, except his partner, Andrew. Several disturbing murders occur and slowly Prudhomme pieces the puzzle together and the end result is so disturbing.
If you liked "Seven" with Freeman and Pitt, you'll like this film just as much. Maybe more.
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5.0 out of 5 stars BRILLIANT, March 7 2004
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Michael Butts (Berkeley Springs, WV USA) - See all my reviews
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...and why?
*Director Russell Mulcahy does wonders with some overused techniques: slowmo; the zoom technique; the amazing chase sequence through the train station. The use of lighting and rain; his command of the actors--rarely has a cop movie captured a cop's reactions to the grotesque murders; his unique vision---this is a major talent, who needs to achieve greater recognition.
*Christopher Lambert is not a great actor, but I feel this is his finest performance, evoking the grief over the death of his son; his determination to nail the killer; his relationship with his wife and his partner; his humanity.
*Leland Orsler as Andy is marvelous; human, funny, sensitive--his performance is a kaleidoscope of acting techniques. He steals the scenes he's in. His reaction to losing his leg is heartbreaking.
*The serial killer is brutal and heinous to the nth degree. His crimes are horrifying; when Lambert stumbles onto a recent kill, a man tied to a pole, with his right leg gone, blood gushing out and Lambert valiantly trying to stop the flow, this is one of the hardest hitting scenes in any serial killer movie.
This is a great movie, underappreciated. One of the best I've seen.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Lacks originality ,but has another strong points, Nov. 13 2003
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Nightlegend (Alexandria, Egypt) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Resurrection [Import] (DVD)
With the first movements of this movie you will start to wonder why they made it in the first place ,That's because of the very visible resemblances with some elements of (Se7en) ,The scene where Detective John Prudhomme (Christopher Lambert) and his partner detective heading for the scene of the first crime you can't help but notice the pouring rain falls on and around them ,This makes you remember the same opening scene from (Se7en) where were Brad Pitt and Morgan Freeman walking under the rain heading for the crime scene ,This resemblance is more approved when they browse the murder's details ,The same dark witty atmosphere and the same gore of the dead body condition ,After that we get to collect the plot ties together where the mysterious killer is collecting the body parts of his chosen victims ,Detective Prudhomme discovers that the killer is doing this for the wicked purpose of assembling a human body contains various body parts as a sacrifice for Jesus Christ ,And till this point the story seems in the region of the ordinary psychological thrillers ,With the same concepts of (Se7en) trademarks .
This is not the end ,In the second half of the movie things start to take a darker curve ,And you start to forget about (Se7en) and indulge yourself in the events ,The movie actually tries to make an unique path for itself with the use of dazzling cinematography which came very effective ,The camera's movements occasionally shudders to give a haunting feeling for the frame you see ,And this is helped by a very good musical score ,The movie has several very shocking moments ,The gore are strong and very graphic ,But the shocking moments doesn't shock you because of their nasty details ,They shock because of their portraying of human suffering and the pain they endure ,It really gives a lurching feeling while watching them .
Another thing surprised me which is the casting of Christopher Lambert ,I have never thought about him outside the region of his Highlander's Movies which ofcourse arguably didn't need much of performance skills ,But he really did a good job here in this movie,Although I have found his accent to be irritating at some moments ,I don't know if any other one has felt that but I thought that I need to mention it ,Another good performance from Leland Orser and Robert Joy ,The later excelled but didn't enter the superior category in this sort of roles ,Director Brad Mirman is noticeably skillful in using the tools in his hands but I wished he did more hard job to create more different vision for the Serial Killer's Genre ,Because in the presence of masterpieces like (Se7en) you need to work every cell in your brain if you are the director to be distinguishable ,The Scenario which was written in cooperation between Lambert and Mirman just had a weak finale in comparison to the gripping events that precedes it .
Resurrection is a good addition for this genre ,With intelligent twists during the movie ,You are granted to be hooked while watching the two thirds of it ,It may gives your stomach an ache but after it finishes you heart will still be touched and your cinematic senses will be satisfied .
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5.0 out of 5 stars Resurrection is equal to Seven, June 22 2002
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This review is from: Resurrection [Import] (DVD)
This movie is one of the best, most gursome ones ever. It is a perfect match for Seven, i admit there are some similar things but i think the story is great. The motive is twisted, and the plot is one that has never been thought of before. This is not one for the weak at heart.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Russell Mulcahy's Resurrection, June 5 2002
This review is from: Resurrection [Import] (VHS Tape)
Mulcahy and Lambert bring a bloody serial killer film to the subgenre...about ten years too late.
Lambert is a Chicago detective on the trail of a killer who is using the Bible as a guide in order to fulfill his own sick prophecy, resurrecting what he thinks is the body of Christ. The cops catch the killer, lose him, and eventually, a showdown right out of "Seven."
The plot is very good, and very complicated for a straight to video suspense release. Mulcahy shows some incredible directing chops, although you swear David Fincher had his hands in this. Chicago becomes the Rainy City, as most of the action takes place in a downpour. Lambert plays a typical bitter detective who is still grieving the loss of his son in an accident. The character has been done before, but Lambert shows some very good emotions and his character is smart, not just running around blowing things up. This might be because Lambert also coproduced and cowrote this, giving himself plenty of moments.
He also gives himself plenty of leaps in logic, as his Cajun cop singlehandedly solves the case as if by divine intervention. He comes up with breaks in the case by concentrating and pacing, reading magazines, and making change for a coworker. The film is about twenty minutes too long, and the finale involves putting a newborn baby in peril that represents one of the lowest points in serial killer cinema next to Hannibal Lecter feeding the little girl a "snack" on the plane.
This film is unrelentingly dark, and this works for most of the film. The gore is very heavy and very disturbing, and the film is suspenseful in the way "Seven" was. Like that film, however, once the killer is identified, the plot becomes a bit of a letdown, switching from suspenseful cat and mouse games with a killer to shoot 'em up action.
Definitely not for the squeamish, "Resurrection" is not a great film, but a good one. I would have to guess that if it had received a wider release, it would have tapped into serial killer genre fans and made a little money.
This is rated (R) for physical violence, strong gun violence, very strong gore, profanity, some female nudity, male nudity, and very strong adult situations.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Derivative trash, June 1 2002
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Steven Reynolds (Sydney, Australia) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Resurrection [Import] (DVD)
The most compelling thing about this tripe is how shamelessly it rips off 'Seven.' On every level it is relentlessly derivative - the story structure and rhythm, the lighting, the rain, the costumes, the entire production design, multiple action sequences, whole slabs of ineptly reworded dialogue, and even the casting of Leland Orser, all gutlessly ape David Fincher's masterpiece. The degree of [imitation] is astonishing. Wondering what they'll steal next provides the only tension in an otherwise tedious tale. Yet ironically, for all their meticulousness, Mulcahy, Lambert and Mirman still manage to neglect the most important elements of 'Seven': sympathetic heroes, a villain whose motive is frighteningly justifiable, and a climax we'll never forget. 'Seven' works because it's clever and moving. 'Resurrection' fails because it's boring and trite. And so derivative that it's embarrassing. ...
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2.0 out of 5 stars It could have been sooo good, Oct. 14 2001
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"movie_freak" (Sydney, NSW Australia) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Resurrection [Import] (DVD)
Depressive homicide detectivce (Christopher Lambert) is after a serial killer who removes young male's limbs to rebuild (literally) the body of christ. Mulcahy's and Lambert's attempt at a dark and distressing psychological thriller; in the tradition of SE7EN, is, of course intelligent and great to look at but consistantly changes its pitch from a thriller to a horror which results in garbled logic and cliched motives (and not to mention a hopeless finale). A waste of a perfectly good idea. Cult favourite David Cronenberg appears briefly as a priest.
The DVD, however, isn't much better. Choice between widescreen or fullscreen with a hazy and ordinary transfer, an overloud Dolby 5.1 track, a standard Dolby 2.0 in English and Spanish, the theatrical trailer and a TV spot, cast and crew biographies and an annoyingly dull and uninformative commentary by director Mulcahy. Don't let this clever title or artwork fool you, but if expectations are at a fat 0, you may fide this fun.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Unfairly overlooked!, Sept. 20 2001
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This review is from: Resurrection [Import] (DVD)
This classic 'cat and mouse' thriller has a detective (Christopher Lambert) trying to catch a serial killer before he kills again. They have no motive, no clues, and a time limit. When they figure out the motive behind the severed body parts that have been taken from the bloody crime scenes they are appalled. Why? The killer is creating a 'Dr. Frankenstein' type reanimated body, but believes this body will be that of Christ.
Excellent and overlooked! This movie is in league with Seven and was overshadowed because the cast, while well chosen and proven in their own right, are not the upper crust of Hollywood. The movie keeps you guessing, puts you on the edge of your seat, has great effects, a complete storyline and respectable actors portraying their parts with passion. This movie impressed me so much that I immediately went to the satellite schedule, found it and plan on taping it for the video collection. Should you watch it? Hell ya!! If you liked Seven, you'll like this one as well...
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