In 1663 France, a space meteor/pod hurls down to Earth and chases a young maiden to her death. Three hundred and thirty-eight years later, late at night on their way home from a barbecue, a group of thirtysomething friends pick up a killer escaped convict. They get run off the road by a mysterious woman in white and crash into the forest below. They must put their differences aside or perish to an extra terrestrial enemy which is bigger than all of them.
First of all, horror and sci-fi fans have to be able to suspend disbelief in order to accept the dramatic situations in which our characters are confronted with. Personally, I am not a big fan of computer generated effects. They just don’t work! On the other hand, it is a fine tool for enhancing practical effects. I suspect that there is an audience who enjoys these kinds of digital driven movies. I prefer old school Willis O’Brien (King Kong) and Ray Harryhausen stop motion animation any day of the week.
Resonnances is more science fiction than horror. For those that enjoy gratuitous nudity and gore, you will be disappointed. There is none. Nor is there any attempt to add any atmosphere to the proceedings. There are some story and plot problems that just do not make sense. For instance, why has this Tremors style creature waited some three hundred odd years to awake again and wreak havoc on the countryside? If it wasn’t in hibernation wouldn’t the landscape of France be all torn up? Also, why do we see an Evil Dead style shaky zoom P.O.V. shot from the creature when it’s supposed to be moving underground? Lastly, what the Hell is the relation between the creature and the lady in white? I think writer/director Philippe Robert spread himself a little thin.
In conclusion, Resonnances is a schlocky sci-fi CGI infested flick with a what the fuck? plot and wooden acting to boot. Personally, I would rather watch Roger Corman’s 1950’s A.P.I. releases or Ed Wood’s sci-fi shenanigans than this masticated new millennium schlock. It’s no wonder this film took almost four years to find distribution!