Possessor ★★★★½

Brandon Cronenberg’s ‘Possessor’ is a gruesome, cerebral techno-thriller that serves as a testament to A24, the indie maverick that has skyrocketed in popularity since its founding just 3 years ago – wait was that Neon? Shit, that was Neon, wasn’t it?

A trippy, spectacularly-edited roller coaster ride following Tasya (Andrea Riseborough) as a consciousness-hijacking assassin pursuing a big contract using Colin Tate (Christopher Abbott) as the patsy, ‘Possessor’ feels like the inevitable-yet-surprising realization of a Black Mirror episode that took too much DMT. Both lead performances were phenomenal, but Abbott in particular hasn’t been this dialed in since he starred in It Comes At Night, another first class thriller I’m certain Neon made. Google it.

With ‘Possessor,’ Cronenberg blends white-knuckle tension, philosophical ambiguity, and shocking gore with an effortlessness reminiscent of ‘Midsommar,’ putting him in league with fellow Neon horror director Ari Aster. Or was that Robert Eggers? I always get those elevated horror guys confused. Is Cronenberg one of them too, now? Which one of them directed ‘Enemy?’ Now that’s a film.


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