“Possessor” is ready in a world the place it’s doable to switch your consciousness into another person’s physique and take over that particular person — “possess” them, if you’ll. That is achieved through medical implants within the head, and the particular person being possessed often has not consented to it. That this comes from writer-director Brandon Cronenberg, son of body-horror grasp David Cronenberg, offers us some thought of the place issues are going.
Our heroine, Tasya Vos (Andrea Riseborough), works for a shadowy group that carries out assassinations on this style: have the hitperson possess somebody, kill the goal, then commit suicide (whereupon the possessor comes again to her personal physique, protected and sound within the lab). Tasya is one of the best within the enterprise, however it’s changing into more and more troublesome for her to dwell as different individuals, even briefly, with out their minds leaking into hers.
The current job has her inhabiting the physique of Christopher Abbott, thus fulfilling a long-held dream of mine. His identify is Colin, and the goal is his fiancee’s father (Sean Bean). Vos plans to spend a pair days in Colin establishing erratic conduct so his murder-suicide of his future father-in-law will make some sense. However within the meantime, Colin begins to achieve management of the intruder in his head.
Abbott is absolutely spectacular, particularly within the later elements of the movie when he’s wrestling between two identities. Riseborough has much less display screen time, however her preliminary presence is so sturdy that we are able to think about it’s nonetheless her even when it’s Abbott (which can also be a tribute to Abbott’s skills). The film’s premise isn’t precisely distinctive, however Cronenberg’s sterile, calculated fashion and some ingenious variations make it compelling, if fully nihilistic.
And graphic? Hoo boy, yeah. Gratuitously so. When Tasya Vos will get inside a physique and goes a-killin’, she actually goes to city. She often has a gun, however she prefers to stab you a thousand instances. She loves her job, and Cronenberg loves displaying her loving her job. It’s like they are saying, if you love your job you by no means work a day in your life.
(1 hr., 43 min.;