'Possession: Special Edition' [Blu-ray]
(Sarah Michelle Gellar, Lee Pace, Chelah Horsdal, Michael Landes, et al / Blu-ray / PG-13 / (2009) 2020 / MVD Visual)
Overview: Sarah Michelle Gellar (The Grudge 1 & 2), leads an all-star cast including Lee Pace (TV's Pushing Daisies) and Michael Landes (Lakeview Terrace) in the year's most mesmerizing thriller.
Newlyweds Jess (Gellar) and Ryan (Landes) seem to have it all until a car accident renders both Ryan and his brother Roman (Pace) comatose. But things spin even more eerily out of control when Roman awakens and tries to convince Jess that he is her husband.
Beside herself with fear and grief, Jess grapples with one question: Could the man before her actually be the man she lost - or does something far more sinister await her in his arms?
Blu-ray Verdict: Jess (Sarah Michelle Gellar) finds her perfect married life turned upside-down when both her husband Ryan (Michael Landes) and his bad-boy brother Roman (Lee Pace) are sent into comas following a head-on car collision.
Roman eventually wakes from his coma, but seems convinced that he is Ryan. Will Jess believe that her husband's spirit has somehow passed into the body of his brother, or will she call bulls**t?!
It doesn't surprise me at all to find that 'Possession' is a remake of an Asian film: it stars Sarah Michelle Gellar, it moves like molasses, and the messy plot sure takes some swallowing!
The title promises supernatural shenanigans, and for most of the film, that is precisely what we are led to believe we are watching; but as the film progresses (very, very slowly) to the less than scintillating finale, it becomes apparent that there is nothing supernatural about the story whatsoever!
Personally, I felt more than a tad cheated: I watched the film with the expectation of a spooky chiller, but what I got was a psychological thriller-cum-romance instead, sorry!
That all said, I recently watched 'Addicted,' the Korean film on which this was based and as much as it too is also a very slow-moving film, it did possess (sorry, not sorry) a much more, and wholly worthwhile overall spooky vibe to it (which, at some point, became devoid here in the American remake).
And so, in conclusion, and playing Devil's Advocate, 'Possession' has an interesting plot which keeps you thinking and, at times, even guessing throughout, but the "mystery" is still reserved for the very end reveal.
Though the acting is not outstanding, the plot makes up for it in that respect and where some might find the actual reveal a little weird, given that there are definitely scenes beforehand that kinda sorta contradicting of the ending, if you don't think to hard, this film is just perfect for a wet Sunday evening viewing. This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.85:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs and comes with the Special Features of:
High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation of the main feature
Audio: English 5.1 Surround
English and Spanish Subtitles
Making of Featurette with star Sarah Michelle Gellar (SD, 3:34)
Deleted and Alternate Scenes (SD, 32:58)
Original Theatrical Trailer (HD, 2:26)
'Possession: Special Edition' [Blu-ray] is out April 14th, 2020 via MVD Visual.