Campbell’s review published on Letterboxd:
Excellent. Just wanted it to be longer and for it to go further in-depth with its exploration of existentialism through identity and conciousness. Yes, I recognise it is also a sci-fi/horror genre movie, but it clearly had something to say. Genre filmmaking can often purposefully represent more abstract themes and ideas through the material and corporeal techniques of its craft. Allowing for what was otherwise intangible, and hypothetical thought, to become what might be described as a visual materiality through the medium, without again stretching further into the hypothetical abstract of more audience/viewer dependent mediums, such as novels. I would say science fiction has been a driving factor in bringing so many of these philosophical and scientific discussions and ideas, such as "2001", "Interstellar",and "Primer", (among others I'm definitely missing to my dismay) into a mainstream consciousness.
I feel as though Possessor was another prime example of this kind of philosophical exploration through the genre medium, without necessarily abiding to any pre-existing restrictions and allowing the visuals, aesthetics, and atmospheric techniques to portray these heady themes.
I loved the practicality, the atmospheric music and cinematography, the editing, and it's bizarre, yet incredibly intriguing premise. I wish it was a little longer, and perhaps less focused on the violence itself, instead redirecting it's attention to more of what this interesting settup implies. That of personal conciousness, and how truly distinctive our identity is in a grand scheme. What is identity? How can we truly consider ourselves as individuals? If what the film portrays is possible, then how can we truly know what we are, and what our minds are? This is what I wanted more of. Not through mindless exposition, but instead as an expansion of the techniques already in use.
Yes, this film is a very worthwhile watch, that satisfies the genre enthusiasm of its premise heavily, as well as touching on some interesting philosophically existentialist themes.