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RESURRECTION

SYNOPSIS:
Police detective John Proudhomme (Christopher Lambert) and his partner Hollingsworth (Leland Orser) are assigned to track down a serial killer who is removing body parts from victims with the intention of recreating the body of Christ in time for Easter and The Resurrection. Troubled by the recent death of his son and strained by a rocky marriage to wife Sara (Barbara Tyson), Proudhomme is forced to confront his own demons while pursuing the killer.

"Lights, camera, wind, rain, lightning and thunder - the Russell Mulcahy and Christopher Lambert show is back in town. The twin titans of overblown visuals masking paper-thin plots have resumed their unholy alliance. The results should please fans of the dynamic duo (and there are plenty of them) for whom Highlander is a high water mark in cinema but new converts appear unlikely. What we have here is a Seven-style scenario with a touch of Frankenstein thrown in, some of it to good effect but most of it screams "pale imitation". There's never a quiet moment as rain lashes down on close-ups of Lambert while sun streams through the edge of frame and the French action hero shouts "call for backup" before, during and after the easy-to-identify madman has committed his grisly deeds. What's in short supply is a coherent script and characterisations stretching beyond the thumbnail. Seven showed how to handle the religious lunatic/serial killer plot; it's a shame that Resurrection revels in the nastiness and telegraphs its punches miles ahead - this coulda been a contender but lacks class. It's anyone's guess what David Cronenberg is doing in this (playing a priest, no less) and there's a scene involving a baby in peril which I found truly sickening to watch. If you don't get a headache watching it, Jonathan Freeman's cinematography has its moments and the pacing, for what its worth, never slackens. This one has 'direct to video' written all over it and its appearance in cinemas is something of a mystery. For dedicated legions of the Lambert, mark Resurrection down as unmissable. Otherwise, I recommend renting Seven on video to see how it ought to be done."
Richard Kuipers

"Russell Mulcahy renews his association with Christopher Lambert after the Highlander series with this brutal cop flick. Sadly, things donít seem to have improved. Resurrection, in comparison with other recent thrillers like The Bone Collector, is little more than a gruesomely violent TV show. The plot, perhaps in keeping with the religious overtones, asks the audience to make such enormous leaps of faith, they would test the patience of a saint. Both the forensics and the theology in the film are muddled, leading to a crashing lack of credibility. It certainly isnít helped by some sloppy production values, a soapy subplot and another wooden performance from Christopher Lambert. Mulcahy does some interesting things visually with Resurrection but even these have the artificial feel of a music video about them. And in any case, visuals alone do not a good movie make. Leland Orser is probably the best thing about the film, ironically following close on the heels of his role in The Bone Collector. In Hollingsworth, he at least gives us a character whoís believable - even if he does have to deliver some pretty dumb lines. Misfiring on virtually every front, Resurrection is over-long, over-bloody, over-the-top and underwhelming."
David Edwards

"After performing solid, workmanlike chores on reasonably big-budget studio pictures like Highlander, Ricochet and The Shadow, Resurrection finds Aussie director Russell Mulcahy at a decidedly low point in his career. That said, in all fairness, it's probably writer Brad Mirman who should be pilloried first. Displaying none of the flair that characterised his screenplays for the aforementioned Ricochet, The Shadow and, in particular, a clever, engrossing little thriller from 1992 called Knight Moves (which also starred Lambert), Mirman's latest effort is just dross personified. Though David Fincher's Seven seems to be the nominal point of reference here, any further comparisons with the earlier film are odious. Employing lingering shots of severed limbs and arteries to conceal the complete absence of any subtle atmospherics, Resurrection fails to rework what was already a tired idea way back at the moment of conception. With that in mind, it's not surprising that Christopher Lambert's wooden performance is entirely appropriate. Certainly one to avoid."
Leo Cameron

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RESURRECTION (R)
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CAST: Christopher Lambert, Leland Orser, David Cronenberg, Rick Fox, James Kidnie, Robert Joy

DIRECTOR: Russell Mulcahy

PRODUCER: Jack Gilardi Jr, Christopher Lambert, Nile Niami, John V. Stuckmeye

SCRIPT: Brad Mirman

CINEMATOGRAPHER: Jonathan Freeman

PRODUCTION DESIGN: Tim Boyd, Michael Joy

RUNNING TIME: 105 minutes

AUSTRALIAN DISTRIBUTOR: Eagle Entertainment

AUSTRALIAN RELEASE: December 9, 1999 (Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne)







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