An actor's career that is in need of a resurrection...there can only be one - Christopher Lambert. Renowned as the Highlander for the past decade, Lambert has been vanquished to a wasteland of shoddy sci-fi and computer game film adaptations. But a reunion with Aussie Highlander director Mulcahy (Ricochet, Razorback) offers him a chance to improve his dubious acting resume.
Resurrection is essentially a serial killer thriller with dated special effects - producing a film that looks like an 80's version of David Fincher's Seven.Detective Prudhomme (Lambert) leads a team of detectives investigating a spate of bloody murders that have gripped Chicago. After slipping in several victims' blood (the highlight being when Lambert gets squirted in the face with the blood from an amputated leg socket), Prudhomme works out that they are connected ritual killings, with the limbs needed to rebuild the body of Christ for an Easter resurrection.
Rather than shoot it as a creepy thriller, Mulcahy's style lies in action adventure, with lots of crash zooms and sweeping camera work, which adds pace and energy to the proceedings. The only real aesthetic stolen from Seven is the constant downpour of rain, which definitely seems to be the preferred weather for a spot of serial killing. Again ala Seven, cop and killer get personal, and their cat and mouse psychological interaction adds to the dimension of the chase.
Ultimately, there's nothing new on show here, but once you get over Lambert's trademark French whisper there's enough to entertain. The action is edgy and uncompromising, and the gory murder scene set pieces give the film an overall macabre feel.Definitely Lambert's best work since Highlander, but the fact that this film is a decent straight to video movie at best, puts it all into context. ---David Michael