I had seen Possessor Uncut floating around, knew literally nothing about it, and decided to check it out anyway. Never in my wildest dreams would I have imagined what this thing is, which is just a load of insanity, to put it lightly. In fact, this film often left me in a state of garboil…let’s get crackin!
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Possessor focuses on a corporation with a specialty in assassinating high-profile targets. How do they do this? By mind-controlling those close to the target and making these people do the killing for them, but this is a process that takes a toll on the brain of both individuals, often blending their psyches with one another, creating unacceptable confusion, which means mistakes can happen, and in Possessor, things don’t go as planned.
I want to start off with the positives found in this film, since I think this is one of those rare cases of film where I think it was actually put together extremely well from a technical vantage point, and I mean extremely well. However, it wasn’t anything that I personally loved or want to see again. I really do mean that. There’s a lot of amazing work done behind the scenes in this film. First of all, this thing is original. I’ve never seen anything like it, so it was super unpredictable. I had no flippin’ idea what was going to happen next. This film also has some extremely good acting from all of these actors, who do a great job making this science fiction world feel realistic enough. The concept of mind-control to make random people kill others is insanely smart, as is the title Possessor, because that’s what it looks like to the outside world, that these normal people are randomly getting possessed.
The film also has a ton of great editing that’ll put the audience on edge because what the editing is trying to do is convince the audience that these two minds are melding together, wires are getting crossed, and that’s something our psyche isn’t able to maintain. It’s hard to specifically explain how the editing does what it does, you really just have to see it for yourself. Finally, the last thing I wanted to talk about with the positives is just the mere fact that there’s barely any CGI, if there’s CGI at all. Everything looked to me to be practical effects, which is always really fantastic. They did great work in this movie, and with all the gore they were going for, the use of practical effects and makeup done in Possessor is fantastic.
That being said, I did say that this was a film that I don’t care to see again, and that’s just because in general, the movie is simply put…weird. It’s one of those films that feel like an artsy fartsy situation because you can tell the technical marvels this film makes is wildly disproportionate to the storytelling stuff. They wanted it to stand out as something that was made well, and it does, but there were several times while watching this movie where I just said out loud…this movie is weird. I think one of the biggest issues the film runs into is that there’s simply no exposition. It doesn’t really explain certain things that I think are vital…like, does the world know this illegal service exists? Also, if they have to kidnap the person they’re going to mind control, and they do, then why can’t they just kidnap the guy they’re supposed to kill, kill him like normal, and make him disappear? Why does it have to be this complicated? Because science fiction is fun? Just a little bit of exposition goes a long way and would give this film more of an explanation, which is what I truthfully think this movie needed in the long run.
So, this end score should be interesting once we split apart the biased and unbiased scores. Whenever I do this, these scores are often pretty close because when a movie is really well made, I often enjoy it. In this case though, it’s sort of the opposite. When it comes to my technical, unbiased score, I’ve already stated that a majority of this film is all about how well it is made from a technical standpoint. Everything from the practical effects, makeup work, extremely unique editing, lighting and color, acting ranges, and original concept made this thing stand out really well. This score is 86%, but when it comes to my personal, biased score, this is much lower at 70% because I can still appreciate the work put behind some of those technical things, but it was a story that I didn’t care for, and as I’ve said a couple times now, I just thought it was weird. When we average out the two scores together, we come to the final rating of 78%, 78 out of 100 possible stars, or a C+ letter grade.
This movie is a bit of an experience. You’ll know what I mean if you end up watching it. If you have seen it, though, let me know your thoughts on it in the comments section down below. Would you consider this to be artsy-fartsy, or do you actually like the storytelling as well? Until next time…