PG-13 Dir: Simon Sandquist | Twentieth Century Fox | 85 min.
Review By: Fusion3600 | January 28th, 2012
Plot: What’s it about?
Jess (Sarah Michelle Gellar) is a beautiful young woman who has the kind of life that most can only dream. She has a great job, recently married a man she loves, and enjoys a constant stream of romance and affection. But this paradise is soon intruded upon by her husband’s brother Roman (Lee Pace), who arrives to stay with the couple for a while. Roman was just released from prison and he doesn’t seem to have been rehabilitated. His attitude is crass and he shows little respect for the rules of the home, especially when it comes to Jess. One fateful night, Roman and his brother are involved in a horrific car accident, in which the two collide head-on and both wind up comatose. When Roman wakes up, he acts as if he is his own brother, instead of himself. This disturbs Jess of course, but in her incredible grief, she almost wants to believe. Has some kind of supernatural event transpired, or is this simply a ruse on Roman’s part?
As if we don’t have enough remakes of Asian horror movies, Possession adds yet another one to the pile. Based on the Korean Addiction, or at least it kind of is, as Possession has little in common with the original. This film was marketed as a movie in the vein of The Grudge and The Ring, right down to the creepy skull on the cover artwork. But unlike Addiction, Possession is not a horror movie in the least, more like a Lifetime original drama. I suppose some thriller elements are sewn in, but the thrills are minimal and the boredom is immense. Sarah Michelle Gellar’s career continues to free fall into oblivion, while the rest of the cast does as well as possible, given the horrible script involved. Possession is a total mess in every respect, unable to build tension or provide even a minor amount of entertainment. As one of 2009’s worst movies, Possession should be avoided like the plague and of course, we all mourn for Buffy’s downward spiral.
Video: How does it look?
Possession is presented in 2.40:1 anamorphic widescreen. This transfer looks good, but not great. A few scenes have the kind of sparkle we expect from HD, but most are just a slight improvement over the DVD. The image is clean however, which allows what detail is present to come through unfettered. I found colors to be natural and contrast performs as expected, so no problems lurk within the visuals here. Again, this looks good, but doesn’t leap off the screen like the best HD treatments do.
Audio: How does it sound?
This DTS HD 5.1 option fares a little better than the visuals, but still doesn’t register as a great soundtrack. The more tension driven scenes have a little extra kick, but there is plenty of room for more atmospheric audio, to be sure. The music also fills the surrounds at times, so there is decent presence at times. No issues whatsoever with dialogue, which is clean and clear, free from any issues at all. This disc also includes Spanish subtitles.
Supplements: What are the extras?
This disc includes a promotional featurette, some deleted scenes, and the film’s trailer.
- (2.40:1) Aspect Ratio
- Video Codec: AVC
- Theatrical Trailer
- Audio Commentary
- Deleted Scene(s)
- Digital Copy
- 1 Disc Set