There were some film sequences with flashing lights and colors that made me physically nauseous. So beware.
If you like David Cronenberg (Dad) films, you’ll probably like this.
If you like Black Mirror, you’ll probably like this.
A lot of stabbing. Like, A LOT of stabbing.
Possessor is Brandon Cronenberg’s second outing – his debut was 2012’s Antiviral.
Jennifer Jason Leigh ❤
Andrea Riseborough, who you might recognize from the 2020 version of The Grudge, Mandy and Black Mirror.
Sean Bean. He lives up to his meme in a deliciously gory way. Such a fine fire poker bludgeoning hasn’t been seen since Beverly wielded the tool in the men’s washroom in 1994’s Serial Mom.
Christopher Abbot. I’m gonna be honest, I don’t recognize him from anything. Sorry Chris.
Possessor falls into a few horror categories. Science fiction horror, psychological horror and also body horror.
The plot involves an unknown agency that has the technology to transfer a person into someone else’s body – allowing them to control the host. Unknown agencies being the nefarious organizations that they are, the hosts are used to perform assassinations. The victims are high-profile targets of ill repute.
The struggle occurs when the main character, Tasya (Riseborough) encounters Colin: her next victim. Colin is dating the daughter of her next target. They end up fighting for control of Colin’s body and mind.
This film also explores how Tasya begins to fall away from her herself, forgetting who she is. She’s guided throughout by Girder (Jason Leigh), who interviews her after each job. Girder provides trigger objects to Tasya to gauge where she is mentally. As the interviews progress, Tasya seems to care less about the objects. At one point she expresses guilt over something she did as a child, but by the end, that guilt is gone. You can never tell if Girder actually cares for Tasya or whether she’s trying to completely disconnect her from herself and make her the ultimate assassin.
There’s an interesting thread throughout the film that focuses on dishonesty. Almost all of the characters in this film were dishonest with themselves and the people around them. The parallel drawn to our lives on social media is noted.
The film is aesthetically stunning, the gore scenes were done really well. I did have a couple of problems with this movie. I feel like there were a lot of unanswered questions and I had to actually research the ending to fully understand what happened. I get it now but…
I like bleak films, but this was bleak from start to finish. Par for the course for 2020.
Because I felt like something was missing, I’d rate this film 4 knives out of 5.
Fighting for Control – https://www.indiewire.com/2020/07/possessor-trailer-cronenberg-body-horror-1234574434/