Possessor ★★★★

Christopher Abbott and Andrea Riseborough have long been on a cinematic collision course. For years they've delivered arresting, pained performances in heavy Indie fare. It was only a matter of time before they shared the screen.

Possessor is the nightmarish spawn of Inception and Papa Cronenberg's eXistenZ. Full of hypnotic, squirmy imagery, evoking Ghost In the Shell and maybe even The Cell. It also features among of the most brutal deaths I've seen - period. One sequence in particular is rivaled by few in pure sadistic savagery.

As much as I admire Brandon Cronenberg's commanding style and his provocative bio-tech concepts, it's hard to come away feeling much beyond a genre high and utter despair. I'd actually love to see this concept fleshed out in a series as an f-ed up version of Quantum Leap.

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