Film Review: Possession (2009)

Sarah Michelle Gellar and Lee Pace need to be in more films together. They seriously know how to command a screen! Possession was great! It’s very much a suspense film, and has a bit of a fantasy/horror twist. Kind of. Maybe. Hard to say, really. But I greatly enjoyed the leading couple’s chemistry. The film has an engaging and surprising plot. And apparently there’s an alternative ending, which also sounds interesting, but it’s not on the version I watched.

Basically, a married couple celebrating their one year anniversary are destroyed when the husband dies chasing his ex-con brother in law who’s about to break his parole. Both are hospitalised, but only Roman, the brother, wakes up. He instantly tells Jess, the wife, that he’s her husband. Jess, rightly alarmed, tells him not to act crazy. But as Ryan, the husband, remains comatose, and Roman increasingly wins Jess over with details of her relationship with Ryan, the lines are blurred. It’s hard to tell if Roman’s crazy, if he’s manipulating Jess, or if he’s somehow genuinely Ryan in his brother’s body. I definitely wasn’t sure until the last ten minutes or so.

I gotta say, I was pretty surprised by this film. The acting is top notch and, as I’ve said, Sarah Michelle Gellar and Lee Pace have amazing chemistry on screen. Roman was a seriously messed up character, no doubt, but Lee Pace does a great job playing both Roman and ‘Ryan’. If you like suspense movies, definitely give this one a go!

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