Possessor

Possessor ★★★★

Imagine if Steven Soderbergh remade 2000’s ‘The Cell’ with the same amount of bloodletting found in the climax of Luca Guadagnino’s ‘Suspiria’ and you’re getting close…

Brandon Cronenberg’s psychedelic techno-thriller melts with just as much originality as it does an abundance of thematic challenges, straining as much pulp out of its bizarre premise as possible to deliver a thought-provoking trip that’s concocted for multiple viewings. Some wonky pacing and fuzzy narrative choices aside, between shocking moments of ultra-violence, the colourfully brooding atmosphere and a mesmerising central performance by a vape-smoking Abbott, this is a fascinatingly addictive piece of arthouse cinema hardwired for a new generation that will no doubt have gore-hounds licking their chops in delight.

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