Possessor ★★★½

[London Film Fest 2020 #15]

Cronenberg Jr's effort has a strong premise that it doesn't delve deep enough into to properly live up to the family name. The shift from Riseborough to Abbott initially works, yet it never re-balances out, remaining at distance from the internal struggle that should be its core. He's right to not mimic his dad's aesthetic principles, only the Mr. Robot-esque shallow focus look is not one that I'm a massive fan of nowadays. Hints of what he could become show in the more directly abstract moments. I think if he leans into more of these moments in future attempts, he'd gain a style to call his own, and by proxy, a means to fully explore the ramifications of his ideas.

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