I haven't seen a movie in days. The previous article in which I wrote Swallow , I wrote long ago. After about a week of not watching a film because I was taking an exam in college, I was interested in watching a film by David Cronenberg's son ( Crash , Eastern Promises ), Brandon Cronenberg. The possessor reminds me again that a film can be something very powerful with the story it has.
The film starts with a woman sticking something into her head from above. He tinkered with the mysterious device while showing various emotions in front of a glass. Then he dressed in a uniform to greet guests at a party and attended the party. Not saying a word, he approached the mysterious man and stabbed his neck which was followed by another stab. After completing his mission, he said "Get me out" and decided to commit suicide, although it didn't work because he was shot first by a group of police who came.
It all happened about seven minutes at the start of the film playing. A film opening is indeed a crucial moment for how the rest of the film works. And an opening like Possessor , which immediately seemed very excited, has a huge potential to confuse the audience, but it's not. In fact, the opening managed to attract my curiosity. Who is that woman? Why did he do that? And why did he say "Get me out" when he finished killing the man?
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Finally we find enlightenment after that surprising opening. Apparently it is Tasya Vos (Andrea Riseborough) who controls the previous woman, like in the film The Matrix where her real body is stretched out while she enters someone else's body, but this still happens in the real world and not in the virtual world. Here, Vos is like a murder agent in a dark organization whose job is to carry out assassinations through other people's bodies.
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Isn't that a really cool concept? It's awful, yes, but it's also really amazing and it's also unique. What Brandon Cronenberg managed to create at Possessor was how he managed to balance the thriller element with science fiction , which ended up producing a grumpy story with a touch of technological elements that seemed foreign but also very new and interesting to look at.
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Andrea Riseborough, who plays the main character, no doubt gave an excellent performance as a cold-blooded killer. As Vos, he is able to portray how complicated life Vos has. He is able to make Vos look like a person who has no sympathy for what he is doing, with his empty gaze and cold behavior, but he is also able to give a "human" touch to Vos, where at some moments there is a moment where Vos looks hesitant to separate herself from her old life with her husband and children.
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The highlight of the story in Possessor is when Vos is given the task to enter the body of a man named Colin Tate (Christopher Abbott) and kill Colin's girlfriend, Ava (Tuppence Middleton); Ava's father, John (Sean Bean) and then Colin will commit suicide. In Colin, Vos experiences a number of things with him being hallucinating more often with various images popping up in his head. His job also seems to get more and more difficult as he loses control of Colin's body.
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Possessor is also not only a thriller but also feels like a horror showwhere Brandon Cronenberg doesn't hesitate to push the boundaries of how the audience can tolerate to see how the human body can be used as experimental material. There is one scene that is indeed eccentric but also hypnotic, where Vos will enter Colin's body where in that scene Vos's body looks like melting like clay, and after various moments that are like an art event, the clay hardens into Colin. It was indeed a strange scene, but also I couldn't take my attention away from the impressive scene, a moment like an artist playing with his clay.
Possessor is also a sadistic film, and with sadistic meaning is how this film does not hesitate to bring the camera closer to every stab, every blood that explodes and pools and every face of the screaming victims. Indeed, this is not an easy film to watch, but in each scene we see how Brandon Cronenberg expertly makes every scene look professional, look neat, look like a work of art and not someone who just wants blood to look cool. I did squirm when I saw it, but I also admit that the scene it presents also looks stunning.
Not only did Andrea Riseborough look brilliant, so did Christopher Abbott, who had to portray a character who was not in him but had been hijacked by someone else. As Colin who has been possessed by Vos, he can look confused one moment, then confident the next, and come back "lost" the next. The characters also provide interesting dynamics to the Possessor .
Another thing that is unique in Possessor is how this film tries to play out the feelings of sympathy we have for the characters in it. Are we really supporting Vos, who hijacked people to kill or Colin, who he hijacked? Even after the film was over, I still didn't get a clear answer as to who I actually supported, but I was very satisfied to see a film that cleverly tried to play with that feeling, which also made Possessor a film that is not only unique, but also refreshing in the world. realm of thriller , science fiction and horror .
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