“There’s much more explored in this movie, but in its most basic form, I think it’s a story about identity, and the dangers of losing it to conformity, constructed reality and expectance.”
Firstly, this was one of the weirdest movie’s I’ve watched in a long time, and I loved it. It was gory and clever, mind-bending, and disturbing. It was everything I want in a modern horror movie, and more, despite its core elements of being sci-fi/thriller. It was perfectly executed. Directed by Brandon Cronenberg, the son of David Cronenberg, I knew from the beginning that there would be aspects of psych and body horror, and I was not disappointed.
Possessor, at its core, is about an elite assassin, Vos, whose mind is placed into the bodies of individuals that are close to her target. Whilst connected to these individuals, she has complete control over them, practically wearing them like a suit of flesh. However, it is clear in the first 20 minutes or so of the movie that she is beginning to struggle with the process, having done it so many times. Following this, the main plotline delves into the story of Colin, a reformed drug dealer, now stuck in a dead-end job. The import of Colin comes in the form of being Vos’ next flesh suit, as his dead-end job brings him close to her next target, John Parse (played by the awesome Sean Bean).
As this movie unfolds to its climax, Possessor explores much about the dangers of future technology, much in the way Black Mirror does (if you haven’t watched any Black Mirror, where have been? It’s incredible). The technology to place ourselves into the bodies of others is an interesting concept, especially when used in the way that this movie does. Of course, humanity would wield it as a weapon, or a means to gain an advantage.
Possessor takes gore to the next level, with the assassinations being almost mindless and completely brutal. However, there is a reason to this, and not just for shock factor. The hatred comes from the person that Vos is controlling, therefore making her job easier. Unfortunately, this doesn’t help her apparent loss of empathy, as her memories are gradually fading, the more she inhabits the mind and body of another. This also brings into question reality and matter and flesh. She gradually losses her sense of all those elements, as she fades into the being of others. Perhaps this is why she begins to struggle to disconnect from her hosts?
There’s much more explored in this movie, but in its most basic form, I think it’s a story about identity, and the dangers of losing it to conformity, constructed reality and expectance. I’m sure there’s room here for interpretation, as would be expected from a high concept movie like this. This genre of movie can’t be taken at face value, and I think that’s where some of its watchers have gone wrong. There are hidden aspects of Possessor, that can be missed if you blink. There are well placed messages that need to be considered and thought deeply about. This isn’t going to be a movie for everyone, but that’s what’s great about it.
As you can probably gather, I loved every moment of Possessor. I was trying to think of reasons for not giving this movie a 5/5, but I really can’t. Visually, it’s great. It’s very well written. The casting is perfect. It’s thought provoking. It gets a 5/5 from me.