Possessor (2020)

Tasya (Andrea Riseborough) is an agent who works for a top-secret organization.  This organization consistently uses brain-implant technology to inhabit other people’s bodies. You see, when Tasya takes over someone’s body, she can turn them into the ultimate murderer or assassin. Tasya and her organization are generally hired by top-paying clients who usually require targets to be taken out.

After completing another successful mission ending in a blood bath, Tasya returns home to her partner and son, who are excited to see her.  It has been a long time since she was home, and they are not aware of her true life and job.  She isn’t home long before she is called back to work, though. This time Tasya receives an assignment to take over the mind of a man named Colin Tate (Christopher Abbot). But what seems to be just another routine kill becomes something far more horrifying.  Tasya finds herself somewhat trapped inside Colin’s mind, which could jeopardise her, her organisation and the lives of her loved ones.

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Visually, Possessor is extremely positive. The creative use of colours is appreciating, and the style of film is also fresh and unique. Thanks to the style and visuals when it comes to filming, Possessor is very capable of delivering large amounts of tension even during scenes that seem quite slow and simple. The horror elements on-screen during big reveals are also rather different to anything I have seen in cinema.

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Possessor is a combination of both sci-fi and horror. When it comes to the horror element, I will state the film is rated R18+ for a reason. The film contains strong violence and horror themes (themes I am still trying to process as I write this review). The director Brandon Cronenberg has not held back while making this film. Some scenes include unsettling moments with brutal outcomes.  Movie lovers will either find these scenes pleasing or disturbing. The film also contains an unnecessary amount of nudity.  In a nutshell, Possessor is an acquired taste for some.

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As a plot, Possessor moves along well, but be warned- it does move at a slow pace. Like the horror aspect, this will please or annoy viewers. Possessor does a tremendous job at building tension as well as mystery through moments with unpredictable outcomes (especially the film’s final moments which are unforgettable!). As the film began, I generally wanted to know the final outcome. Which character would succeed or will anyone win this battle in the mind?

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Leading performances are pleasing and strong, but I also found it delightful to see supporting actors Sean Bean and Jennifer Jason Leigh delivering solid performances.

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Overall, Possessor delivers something new and fresh to both sci-fi and horror. It is certainly a dark and disturbing film which I feel will not be well favoured by all movie lovers. The film brings a wonderful level of creativity regarding both the plot of this film and even the style of filming. Once you have seen the film, horrors and uncomfortable scenes will stay with you forever, including the film’s unpredictable third act. Kudo’s to director Brandon Cronenberg, who I am confident will continue to surprise the world in the future of cinema. Possessor (2020) is Now Available on Blu-ray & DVD. Also Now Available on Shudder!

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Rating: 4 out of 5.

6th March 2021
Written by Peter Walkden

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A new case, same diamond!  When the priceless jewel, The Pink Panther, is stolen from a high-tech national museum, only one man can solve the crime.  Returning once again is Inspector Jacques Clouseau (Peter Sellers), but unfortunately, the Inspector has...

Studio 666 (2022)

In the present day, the famous band, Foo Fighters, are struggling to put their long-awaited tenth album together.  With desires to do something different and radical, the band’s lead, Dave Grohl, suggests they should record an album somewhere that sounds...

Jurassic Hunt (2021)

Have you ever wanted to hunt and kill a dinosaur in the wilderness?  Well, thanks to modern technology, the ultimate hunt is now available at a high price.  Those with the right skills and who are rich enough can be dropped into the wilderness to hunt...

Hive (2021)

Fahrije (Yllka Gashi) is dealing with several challenges each day.  Firstly Fahrije is concerned for her husband, who has been missing since the war in Kosovo.  She questions each day if he is alive somewhere, or worse, dead.  She desperately attempts...

Aline (2020)

Aline Dieu comes from a large family- by large, I mean she is the youngest of fourteen children.  Growing up, Aline discovers she has a wonderful singing voice and performs at selected family events.  Thanks to the support of her mother and family, Aline is...

Uncharted (2022)

Nathan Drake (Tom Holland) is a young man who works at a bar and has many skills, including understanding too much about history and being a general thief.  One night while working, Nathan is approached by a stranger named Victor Sullivan, also known as Sully...

A Stitch in Time (2022)

Liebe (Maggie Blinco) is an old woman who spends her days around the home or supporting her husband Duncan (Glenn Shorrock), who works as a singer at a local pub in NSW, Australia.  But when Liebe’s husband is fired, tensions in their relationship grow. ...

Drive My Car (2021)

Yusuke Kafuku (Hidetoshi Nishijima) is a professional stage actor and director.  The film opens with a deep look at Yusuke’s life, showing us his marriage and just how talented and committed he is to acting and performing.  His wife also enjoys dabbling in...

Crash (1996)

James (James Spader) is a man who works in the film industry as a TV director. James and his wife Catherine (Deborah Kara Unger) enjoy having wild and open relationships, which they often reveal to each other.  One day, while James is driving, he becomes...

Marry Me (2022)

It’s the biggest wedding event ever!  Music icons, Kat (Jennifer Lopez) and Bastian (Maluma) are planning to get married and launch their newest song, “Marry Me”, on a concert stage, an event which will be live-streamed to millions of viewers around the entire...

Blacklight (2022)

Travis Black (Liam Neeson) is a government FBI agent who works off the book and keeps his work under the radar.  He's the man you call when fellow FBI agents fall off the rails or require a desperate rescue.  Travis also lives alone, but he desires to...

Beyond the Wastleand (2021)

Most movie lovers are familiar with the cinematic legend of Mad Max, which began with its first feature back in 1979, followed up by two more film instalments.  To this day, the franchise is classed as one of the greatest Australian film series ever made. ...

Moonfall (2022)

After a routine space mission goes wrong, Astronaut Brian Harper (Patrick Wilson) is stood down from active duty.  He claims that while he was in space, he witnessed something out of the ordinary, but sadly, there were no witnesses to this experience.  His...

Body Parts (1991)

Bill (Jeff Fahey) is a professional criminal psychologist with a passion and desire to understand better what makes a criminal commit horrific crimes.  Bill is also attempting to write a book but is struggling.  He even feels like he is failing to get...

India Sweets and Spices (2021)

After finishing another year at College, Alia (Sophia Ali) is home for summer with hopes of relaxing.  As Alia attempts to settle back in and reconnect with various family members and friends, she discovers a few major secrets about her parents and that elements...

Slapface (2022)

Lucas (August Maturo) is a young boy trying to deal with the loss of his mother.  Often in trouble with the law, Lucas has been given multiple stern warnings by the local Sheriff (Dan Hedaya).  Lucas lives with his older brother, Tom (Mike Manning), but...

Reunion (2020)

A heavily pregnant young woman, Ellie (Emma Draper), returns to the family home after the death of her grandparents. Hoping to get stuck into some work on her new book (relating to all things black magic and the occult) she is sorely mistaken as she deals with her...

One Last Dance (2003)

After the death of a dance teacher occurs, a well-known dance company located in New York will soon be too broke to open its doors and will be forced to close.  The death of the dance instructor encourages a reunion of past dancers, Travis (Patrick Swayze),...

Parallel Mothers (2021)

Janis (Penelope Cruz) is a skilled fashion photographer.  While working, she meets Arturo (Israel Elejalde), who wins her heart after a few dates.  After several secretive meetings with Arturo, Janis' life changes dramatically when she falls pregnant and...

The Hating Game (2021)

Based on the popular book of the same name, The Hating Game introduces us to Lucy Hutton (Lucy Hale), who works for a book publishing company.  After a recent merger with another company, Lucy has been forced to share a large office with a co-worker, their desks...

Belle (2021)

The film follows a young 17-year-old high school girl named Suzu.  Suzu’s mother has passed away, and she feels sad and lost inside with each day that passes. While attending school, Suzu feels like a nobody and notices those who are more popular and successful...

Street Gang: How We Got to Sesame Street (2021)

Street Gang: How we Got to Sesame Street begins with a look back in time.  The year is 1981, and we are in New York City behind the scenes on the set of Sesame Street.  More than twelve million American children watch what goes on in Sesame Street on an...

Spencer (2022)

Set in 1991, Spencer follows Diana during her stay with the Royal Family at the Sandringham estate in Norfolk, England.  As the film opens, we gain a great understanding of Diana, including her general thoughts relating to the family and her current challenges in...

Gold (2022)

The world has changed dramatically in the near future and is now a desert-like wasteland.  We are introduced to a man with no name (Zac Efron) who is seeking work at a compound.  The duties that he will carry out are vague, but we understand the stranger...

The Last Thing Mary Saw (2021)

Set in Southold, New York, in 1843 during winter, the film begins with the interrogation of a woman named Maiden Mary (Stefanie Scott).  Several mysterious deaths have occurred, including her grandmother at their family farm. Maiden Mary is blindfolded during the...

Scream (2022)

It’s been twenty-five years since Woodsboro suffered a series of horrific murders.  Now in the present day, a new Ghostface killer has surfaced with a desire to kill.  But this time, the killer’s motive’s seem to be connected to the town secrets and its...

The 355 (2022)

Imagine a device that could connect to anything and be powerful enough to begin World War III.  But an exchange has gone wrong, and now this top-secret weapon, created to destroy the world, is in the hands of a dangerous mercenary.  Now it’s up to a pair of...