I can imagine the satisfied look gleaming from David Cronenberg’s face as his son’s unearthly sophomore feature unfolds before his eyes. The similarities between father and son might be undeniable in many ways, but the boundaries that Brandon (Antiviral) pushes obviously come from a personal place that only he would be able to tap into.
POSSESSOR: UNCUT unorthodoxly combines elements of espionage, splatterpunk, and cerebral horror into a layered dystopian concoction that never refuses to go to bold and gloomy places while maintaining an unforgiving structure. Andrea Riseborough (Mandy) portrays Tasya Vos, a forthcoming heir to her superior Girder (Jennifer Jason Leigh) who’s chomping at the bit to pass the torch and get out of the sadistic line of business they occupy. Abduction, murder, and suicide by force isn’t exactly the kind of work that rewards with a clear conscience and plenty of rest after all.
The webbed plot unravels after an unwilling pawn played by Christopher Abbott mangles a defenseless CEO (Sean Bean) into a pile of human mush. Vos has long stayed her welcome in her murderous avata and is now beginning to suffer the price as they begin to meld into a unified creature both desperate to get out. The narrative spirals and weaves in many directions at a brisk pace and by the time your mind catches up with what’s unfolding before you, you’re suddenly hit with a ton of metaphorical bricks as the morbid conclusion suddenly blindsides your senses.
I’ve been an admirer of Karim Hussein’s cinematography since his vibrant work in Hobo With A Shotgun and it’s obvious why Cronenberg wanted to collaborate again.
His manic energy and madness illuminate and compliments everything that Cronenberg wants to get across the screen, logic is damned. Jim Williams’ unobtrusive score is so subtle it’s almost like a subconscious attack that only makes its obtrusion known when broken up with like-minded pop. This came to my attention when a hypnotic track that I recognized as Orville Peck came at a low key but pivotal scene.
Much like the deeds that these unruly characters engage in, this twisted morality tale is sloppy, unpleasant, and never dull for a moment. This might not have been a completely enjoyable experience, but it’s certainly one that I won’t soon forget.
Watch the Possessor Uncut Trailer below:
Possessor Uncut stars Andrea Riseborough, Christopher Abbott, Rossif Sutherland, Tuppence Middleton with Sean Bean, and Jennifer Jason Leigh.
From the visionary mind of writer/director Brandon Cronenberg, POSSESSOR is an arresting sci-fi thriller about elite, corporate assassin Tasya Vos. Using brain-implant technology, Vos takes control of other people’s bodies to execute high profile targets. As she sinks deeper into her latest assignment Vos becomes trapped inside a mind that threatens to obliterate her.