Review: Possessor: Uncut
Possessor is a world-class body horror movie that has no idea when enough is enough, and no interest in finding out. Although much of the film is characterized by an eerie stillness and a distinctive sense of hovering dread, there are also episodes of ferocious, bloody violence, and one sex scene of a tumescent nature not usually found outside the overheated alleyways of porn. (This is in the unrated version of the film that’s currently playing in theatres and drive-ins; an R-rated version is being readied for later on-demand viewing.)
The writer and director, Brandon Cronenberg, is the son of David Cronenberg, past master of icky ideas and disturbing imagery, and Possessor echoes some of the dank gloom of his 1983 Videodrome. But Brandon has creep-out skills of his own, and he’s brought them to bear intensely on this madly complex puzzle-film.
Andrea Riseborough (Nicolas Cage’s doomed girlfriend in Mandy) is Taya Vos, a woman with a husband, a son, and a side job as a brain-burrowing corporate assassin. Her work requires the cranial implantation of a cyber worm that allows her to take over the body of a designated target. For example, her latest assignm
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