[Sitges FF] The concept of a criminal corporation that uses mind control to carry out its crimes is fabulous. The movie grabs one of the most shocking prologues recently. There is extreme violence (perhaps gimmicky) but dosed. This psychological thriller throws at the viewer the unknown of the possessed possessor. It develops, with some imbalances of rhythm, a complex plot about a society subjected to strict control.
the beginning and ending were good, but the middle just dragged on and got overly complicated for no reason. i was struggling watching those characters struggling. still, Brandon has a long way to go to catch up with / escape the influence of his father, the king of body horror.
Cronenberg Jr. presents a strong sci-fi/horror/thriller. some may argue the screenplay could use more fleshing out but I enjoyed the blanks and efficiency of it all. some great practical effects, strong score and it's all quite stylish. Christopher Abbott and Andrea Riseborough are both very good and continue to impress me with the roles they choose and performances they deliver.
Apple still close to tree, Cronenberg Jr. nonetheless also demonstrates w/ his belated follow-up to 2012's ANTI-VIRAL that he has been watching—doubtlessly accompanied by notebook—a healthy amount of contemporary cinema of the edgier variety, making him hardly all that different, really, from the nouvelle vague première. POSSESSOR is astonishing because it transmits a genuine psychonaut's self-othering gnosis.
Clicked when I realised the subtle suggestions of surveillance capitalism underlining its thematic core. Full of visual and pulp delights, Riseborough continuing to transcend some Queen of Gloom project, the whole interplay of performance pretty nifty. Just lacking some emotional investment, it never leaves the liminal, heightened state.
A nightmarish and ultraviolent fever dream of a movie. Cronenberg Jr shows that Antiviral was no fluke and here he solidifies his style and touch. The casting and acting is strong and visuals, music and effects are perfect bordering on severe. Sure, like his previous movie, there are some issues with pacing and not utilizing the full potential of the plot. Still, this is slow burn sci-fi done right.
It's a solid effort from Cronenberg that shows that the apple didn't fall far from the tree. It needed some finesse on several moments to provide more depth to the two leading characters and elegance to the ultra-violent scenes, that looked a bit overdone just for the sake of shock-value. But I liked this mind-bending Matryoshka concept where you eventually start wondering who is possessing who.
I don't know how to rate this film. If Brandon Cronenberg is going to ape his father's work (here Stereo, Existenz, Scanners) then this is an awfully conceived film with brutal child murder & 2, full male erection scenes. If we detach then this becomes an incredible MK Ultra/corporate possession allegory. The violence is too much regardless & takes away from the very interesting New Rose Hotel-esque plot. Meh.