Possession

2008, Mystery & thriller, 1h 26m

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Jess (Sarah Michelle Gellar) and Ryan (Michael Landes) seem to have a perfect life, marred only by the presence of Ryan's thuggish brother, Roman (Lee Pace). After the two brothers are involved in a terrible car crash, Roman awakes from his coma first and claims to be Ryan. Though she is skeptical at first, Jess begins to believe that her husband really is trapped in his brother's body.

Cast & Crew

Dhirendra
Dr. Rajan
Paul Jarrett
Psychiatrist
Jae-Young Gwak
Writer
Guy East
Producer
Roy Lee
Producer
Bob Yari
Producer
Alexander Yves Brunner
Executive Producer
Sonny Mallhi
Executive Producer
Gregory Middleton
Cinematographer
Robb Sullivan
Film Editor
Andreas Alfredsson
Original Music
Douglas Higgins
Production Design
Cheryl Marion
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Katia Stano
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Critic Reviews for Possession

All Critics (3) | Top Critics (1) | Rotten (3)

  • Dully predictable.

    May 21, 2008
  • Nothing ever stands out as the plot and characters are predictable and generic. While never aggressively bad, it just is not worth the time.

    July 24, 2020 | Rating: 5/10 | Full Review…
  • A stillborn chiller and an awfully silly picture, boasting screamingly inept performances and preoccupied direction that spends more time seeking out the perfect camera angle than tightening the story to appropriate nail-biting levels of suspense.

    March 4, 2010 | Rating: D | Full Review…
  • Dully predictable.

    May 21, 2008
  • Nothing ever stands out as the plot and characters are predictable and generic. While never aggressively bad, it just is not worth the time.

    July 24, 2020 | Rating: 5/10 | Full Review…
  • A stillborn chiller and an awfully silly picture, boasting screamingly inept performances and preoccupied direction that spends more time seeking out the perfect camera angle than tightening the story to appropriate nail-biting levels of suspense.

    March 4, 2010 | Rating: D | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Possession

  • Jan 18, 2013
    I was surprised to see this went straight to DVD for a Sarah Michelle Gellar film, so didn't expect much. It does have a certain made for TV feel to it. It's a fairly odd film and a bit misleading as well, more like a poor mans Sleeping with the enemy.
    Dean K Super Reviewer
  • Jan 28, 2011
    <B><I>POSSESSION</I> (2009)</B> WRITTEN BY: Won-mi Byunm, Min-ho Song, Jae-yong Gwak, and Michael Petroni DIRECTED BY: Michael Petroni FEATURING: Sarah Michelle Gellar, Lee Pace, Michael Landes, Tuva Novotny, Chelah Horsdal GENRE: <B>Suspense, Occult, Mystery</B> <B>PLOT: When a woman's fiancée and his troublesome brother are knocked into comas, the brother awakens with the fiancée's identity and memories. </B> COMMENTS: Arty cinematography and Vancouver locations accent this eerie thriller about love, lies, betrayal and uncertainty. <I>Possession</I> is an Americanized remake of Won-mi Byun and Young-hoon Park's unsettling 2002 Korean release, <I>Addicted</I>. In <I>Possession</I>, two men are in love with pretty Jess (Gellar) who is newly married to charming Ryan (Landes). His sinister brother Roman (Pace), fresh out of prison, lives with them. Roman is jealous, menacing and seductive, perpetually on the threshold of violence. Just when Jess and Ryan figure out a way to get Roman out of their lives, Roman and Ryan are rendered comatose in a gruesome accident. Roman awakens from his coma with Ryan's mannerisms. He walks and talks like Ryan and he has Ryan's memories. Jess is horrified, and Roman/Ryan wants to reclaim his rightful place by her side. But is the new Ryan in Roman's body alone, or is part of cruel Roman in there with him? Jess will take convincing, however just as she begins to accept that Ryan has returned to her as Roman, a chain of disturbing events unfolds, putting Jess in peril as she struggles to determine where the truth lies. All in all, <I>Possession</I> is very well constructed, dark and edgy, but it's disappointingly straightforward, though we are not aware of this until the end. The plot, while an adequate suspense vehicle, spectacularly squanders opportunities to take monstrously frightening and clever twists and turns. Despite unrealized potential however, the film is as competently shot as anything in Gellar's repertoire, if not as scary. Gellar fans will appreciate <I>Possession</I> and will enjoy her performance, as well as the movie's dark visual signature, creepy low angle camera work, and tense moments. I give <I>Possession</I> four stars for being a nicely filmed and well assembled thriller, but only two and half stars for its lack of truly horrifying thrills and convoluted plot developments. My final rating is 3 and 1/2 stars with a recommendation for Asian film buffs to check out the original, <I>Addicted</I> (2002) which features a delightfully more eerie and ambiguous ending.
    Pamela D Super Reviewer
  • Jan 17, 2011
    Damn, I was actually looking forward to it but it was an average movie with a so-so plot and bizarre screenplay. I won't stop watching Sarah Michelle Gellar movie though, just hope she has better taste before signing a movie!
    Cancelled U Super Reviewer
  • Dec 02, 2010
    predictable movie, but still watchable
    Andreia C Super Reviewer

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