In Brandon Cronenberg’s Possessor, Andrea Riseborough stars as Tasya Vos, a company murderer who weaponises the mind and body of an unsuspecting mark to achieve entry to somebody near them. Half mind-twisting cerebral sci-fi, half stomach-churning physique horror, the movie is harking back to work by the director’s father, the grasp of physique horror himself, David Cronenberg.
Lately separated single mom Vos is employed by a contract killing organisation headed by the enigmatic Girder (Jennifer Jason Leigh). Her newest mission is to search out and liquidate unscrupulous media tycoon John Parse (a snarling Sean Bean in nice kind) with the assistance of his unsuspecting future son-in-law Colin Tate (Christopher Abbott), who works as a lowly technician at Parse’s technology firm.
Utilizing brain-implant technology, Vos takes management of Tate’s thoughts and physique and finds herself residing his life. She plans to assassinate Parse and move it off as a revenge killing attributable to a drunken argument between Tate and his fiancée Ava Parse (Tuppence Middleton) at her father’s home. However as Vos sinks deeper into her task, she finds herself trapped in Tate’s physique, unable to separate herself from him or cleanly end her mission.
In his debut feature-length movie, Antiviral, Brandon Cronenberg explored celeb tradition in a world by which obsessive followers intentionally contaminated themselves with the illnesses of their idols so as to really feel nearer to them. In Possessor, he turns to look at the bodily and societal threats of recent know-how in a near-future dominated by each analogue and digital know-how. It’s a world by which large companies manipulate one another by infiltrating the our bodies and minds of these on the high of the meals chain, so as to destroy them from the inside.
Murders are depicted in grotesque and horrific element, and depart little or no to the creativeness. Brandon Cronenberg demonstrates that regardless of how far people stray from their bodily limitations, the thoughts can at all times be relied upon to remind them of who they are surely and the place they got here from.
Riseborough is mesmerising as Vos, giving a profession greatest efficiency. She cuts a ghostly figure as her character makes an attempt to piece herself collectively after every soul-destroying mission. For his half, Abbott delivers an excellent and brave effort in an admittedly demanding position. He performs Tate with the sort of vulnerability and likability we’ve come to anticipate from him ever since his look in HBO’s fashionable TV sequence Women.
General, Possessor feels each contemporary and tense and full of unusual twists and turns. It efficiently explores our experiences with fashionable anxieties and the way we take care of them. Granted, this may not be for the faint-hearted, but when you’ll be able to abdomen its gorier parts, the reward is much higher than enduring one more allegory- laden lazy narrative.
That is actually probably the greatest and smartest movies of the previous decade. In a yr when most sci-fi followers had pinned their hopes on Christopher Nolan’s Tenet to ship some much-needed escapism, Possessor surpasses these expectations by far.
Possessor is out within the US and Canada, and scheduled for launch within the UK on 27 November.
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