🌈 adrian’s review published on Letterboxd:
The gnarliest film for the rest of this decade.
Simultaneously a visual treat with its lighting, dreamlike atmosphere and monochromatic scenes; and a visual nightmare with its gratuitous, unfathomable brutality.
Honestly, not sure if all of the violence is justified. It carries no narrative weight—I guess on a technical level, it’s impressive. The shock-factor detracted from the film’s strength: its intriguing but glossed over sci-fi elements.
There will be audiences who enjoy those fruits of ambiguity; personally, it sometimes rang empty. I felt whenever Possessor was on the brink of brilliance, it resorted to bludgeoning bloodshed.
However one thing rings true: young Cronenberg has a unique and visceral vision. And if you’re not ready for Possessor, it will devour you.