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ReSet

USA 2022
produced by
David Sumner, Keith R. Massey for Alternate Vistas
directed by David Sumner
starring Alyssa Corella, Ben Barlow, Earl Sumner, Bryna Vogel, Daniel Austin, Keith R. Massey, Deanna Wilbur, Rachel Leigh (voice)
written by David Sumner, music by Gavin Salkeld

review by
Mike Haberfelner

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It's a really nice party, until ... Danielle (Alyssa Corella) wakes up in a bedroom she has never seen before. Soon enough, her "host" Edgar (Ben Barlow) shows up, bringing her breakfast, and telling her he took her in after he saw her passed out drunk, and her best friends (Bryna Vogel, Daniel Austin) having abandoned her after an argument. Now the argument part is real, but still, Danielle is less than convinced her friends would ever leave her behind. Plus, why does he insist her phone has died, claim that his is broken, and that a friend has borrowed his car? And isn't it odd that Edgar lives one and a half hours away from the party venue in the middle of nowhere? And how come all the doors in his house have number locks, and the windows are padlocked? It doesn't Danielle long to figure out she's been kidnapped, despite Edgar's assurances to the contrary, as he claims to be "the good guy here", and she'll come to like him once she knows him better. Ultimately, Danielle makes an escape attempt, but Edgar overpowers her and strangles her to death. Danielle goes to heaven - but not to stay as a ring she inherited from her granddad (Earl Sumner) drags her back to the land of the living, and back in time to the moment she first woke up in Edgar's house. This time she's somewhat prepared for what's expecting her and tries to overcome Edgar, only to be killed again - and wake up again in Edgar's house. She makes many more attempts to escape, all ending in her death - and coming to life again. Ultimately she tries a different tactic, tries to befriend Edgar and find out more about him, only to find out she's not his first abductee, and all her predecessors have ultimately be killed by him. She has somewhat of an advantage by reliving the experience again and again and being able to steer her fate - but how many more times will she be able, or even willing, to die?

 

Now of course, one can't overlook the similarities of this movie's premise to that of Groundhog Day (even if the time loop idea by no means originated with that movie) - but that's really where the similarities end already, as while the earlier film was a somewhat sentimental comedy, ReSet is an all-out thriller with much higher stakes. And the film might use the time loop idea as a premise, but not as a gimmick, as the main focus of the movie is on tension and suspense rather than anything else, and it's really a genre savvy direction and the chemistry between the two leads (besides a clever script of course) that keeps the audience constantly on the edge of their seats, to make this one really exciting exercise in genre filmmaking.

 

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