Possessor: Uncut

audience Reviews

, 59% Audience Score
  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
    I got hand it to the writers and actors. A truly gruesome film that skips CGI effects and goes full-in for disturbing visuals. Andrea Risenbourg is other-worldly looking as an assassin that can possess the minds of her victims. BIG warning, though. Suicide is the only way she can leave the host. It's fairly unsettling. It's not my ideal for a movie but they did exceptionally well with it.
  • Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars
    A dystopian future about mind control.
  • Rating: 2.5 out of 5 stars
    A very complicated way of skinning a cat. So in an alternate 2008, this is about a company that carries out hits for high-paying clients. They do this by possessing the consciousness of people who can get close to the targets. This is the story about one assassin (Andrea Riseborough) where the possession does not go according to plan. Now this one was getting quality word of mouth horror fans. That is not all that surprising because it was made by Brandon Cronenberg, and yes, in case you can't deduce, this is the son of beloved director David Cronenberg. Other than that, I didn't know anything about this film, and I went in very cold. Well, I'm sorry to report that this one failed to connect with me at almost every turn. Now I wanted to get with this movie. I really did. I try to give concept films like this a fighting chance, and when they are well-executed, I can overlook flaws in the writing. Take Inception, for example. Is it a needlessly complex way to accomplish a simple goal? Yes, but it showed me something that I hadn't seen before. With Possessor, I've seen it before. I was twenty minutes in, and I was still waiting for the plot to grab me. This was a consistent problem throughout, and it was further exacerbated by the fact that every character in this is cold and emotionally distant. Sure, the personality of an assassin would probably be similar to this in real life and less like the quirky and charismatic hitmen of Pulp Fiction, but that doesn't change the fact that an audience needs something to latch on to. I need a reason to care about your protagonist to get me invested in the story, and that train never pulled into the station for me. I will say that my attention got drawn back in around the start of the second act. Once the rules have been established and the main job of the story has begun, it became intriguing to watch a person in somebody else's skin. Specifically, I liked how the possessor has to interact with co-workers and close friends that they aren't familiar with, and because there's nothing else to go off of except context clues, it makes for some engaging interactions. It is short-lived because that isn't the main focus of the story, but it was my favorite part of watching this film. Possessor is a movie that lost me far more than it won me back. I never cared about any of these characters, and I sincerely doubt you will either. I imagine that its intended audience only came to see something psychologically disturbing, and while that is present in spurts, I don't think they will leave satisfied, either. I feel like you could cut a decent movie with the parts that are here, but as it stands, Possessor only had a few fleeting moments of quality.
  • Rating: 0.5 out of 5 stars
    Boring artsy fartsy plot that made no sense at all hence the high rating from the so called experts. Lots of rumpy pumpy and gratuitous violence if you like that kind of thing. Don't waste your time.
  • Rating: 2.5 out of 5 stars
    Style over substance. The visuals and the mounting tension were good; if only it actually featured better character development. Shock and gore are not viable substitutes for story.
  • Rating: 1.5 out of 5 stars
    Could have been good, but what we have here is an entirely unpleasant affair full of gratuitous blood and artsy, fartsy imagery. Do we really need another Cronenberg? Would love to see someone else tell this story.
  • Rating: 0.5 out of 5 stars
    Tedious. Unoriginal. Pointlessly gory, but not in a fun way (Carpenter's "The Thing" is fun-gory; this one is just gunshots, stabbings, and pools of blood, gee). Predictable. Borderline pornographic at times for no good reason. But the movie's worst sin of all? It is relentlessly PRETENTIOUS. Characters speak like they're half-asleep. Compositions are strange for the sake of being strange (why are characters' heads in the lower right corner of the frame? because art / why is there empty space above characters' heads? because art / etc.) Since the film was so slow-moving, I had lots of opportunities to imagine where it might end up, and while I wasn't exactly right, I was dismayed to discover that where the movie actually did end up was far less interesting than the ending that I imagined. Movies are supposed to surpass what we can imagine on our own, not be more boring than us. Yes, I am an admirer of the director's father's work, which is why I watched in the first place. But David Cronenberg was never guilty of being boring.
  • Rating: 1.5 out of 5 stars
    This was way overrated and hardly a good example of the genre which is probably my favorite. It only had “beautiful visuals” if you love gratuitous gore and blood and the rest of the movie was mediocre at best. This idea was better in the episode or two of black mirror that used it among other films. Don’t recommend for fans of psy Fi thrillers like me.
  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
    Buckle up folks for an uncomfortable, dark sci-fi ride. Granted this movie may come off as upsetting for some , but that can be said of almost any horror. Its more than worth watching . The ending is shocking enough that it almost makes you not register just how horrible what happened truly is. Great concept, good body horror . I am really looking forward to this directors future works. ( His Dad made the Fly... must be in the genes.......)
  • Rating: 0.5 out of 5 stars
    We've seen enough of such style, and Possessor is an uninteresting, uncalled addition to the Horror Sci-fi genre.