"Nite Owl" Joe™’s review published on Letterboxd:
Possessor is brimming with potential to be truly transcendent and an all-time weird one, but it falls short in my opinion. Seeming less like the arrestingly bizarre blend of whatever three movie titles people have been throwing around, and more like an R rated Inception (that is not a positive comparison), I was pretty underwhelmed by the end.
Maybe it's because there was a little voice in the back of my head telling me this was going to be up there with Videodrome? Maybe it's because of early hype? Or because it was my most anticipated movie of the year? Don't get me wrong, I think it's worth a watch- maybe I'll even buy it at some point, but it didn't blow me away.
I did love the tactile details and meticulously realized technologies of this movie, which felt passionately Cronenberg™. I loved the audio/visual landscape and aesthetic of the film as well, often droning with an electronic hum- effortlessly generating a sense of raw paranoia, anxiety and dread. However, the movie barrels into predictability very, very quickly. I started to tune out.
I honestly recommend paying more heed to the middling scores on here, as I saw way too many 4.5's that got my hopes up. Possessor isn't as crazy as I so desperately wanted it to be, but more importantly- it isn't as crazy as it should've been, given its potential. The narrative stales very quickly and the movie has no significant means by which to escalate in its third act.
Ultimately, Possessor is somewhat unique and very interesting, but not a movie remotely capable of living up to its own massive potential.