As a Sarah Michelle Gellar completist, I was delighted that the UK/Ireland finally had a release of Possession, which had a number of delays due to the studio behind it going bankrupt. Much like her earlier film The Return, Possession has been marketed as a horror, which is not the case. This is very much a thriller. But I guess horrors are an easier sell than thrillers.
Gellar stars as Jess, a career-orientated woman who has a particularly caring and thoughtful husband. Perhaps too caring, as he has allowed his criminal-brother to stay with them and he more than a little intimidates Jess. Following a car collision which leaves both brothers in a coma, Jess is devastated. Things get even more complicated when her brother in law wakes up, claiming to be her husband. Is he genuine or is there something evil happening?
Gellar as per usual acts very well in her role as the confused and vulnerable Jess. Unfortunately her leading man, Lee Pace (Pushing Daisies) isn't quite as convincing and the two don't share much in the way of chemistry. The final act ramps up the tension but for me, this was a little slight and predictable. In its defence, the direction is stylish and the music helps create an atmosphere.
Worth watching as a Saturday night popcorn flick, but not one for the permanent collection.
For Gellar fans, I'd recommend Veronika Decides to Die. She is just fantastic and it's a very moving and uplifting film.