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Possession (DVD Review)

26 Feb, 2010 By: Angelique Flores

Street 3/9/10
$22.98 DVD
Rated ‘PG-13’ for violence, disturbing images, some sexuality and language.
Stars Sarah Michelle Gellar, Lee Pace, Michael Landes.

The title of this film may lead you to think it’s about frightening demonic possessions or spirits. But it’s more about the possession and addiction of a person.

Based on the 2002 Korean thriller Jungdok, Possession stars Sarah Michelle Gellar as Jessica. She’s a successful lawyer who is very happily married to Ryan (Michael Landes of Lakeview Terrace). He’s a doting, romantic husband, and though Jessica recognizes that, she still takes him for granted.

Living with them in their perfect world is Ryan’s far-from-perfect brother Roman (Lee Pace of “Pushing Daisies”). Jessica is afraid of Roman, who has been convicted of assault and who still beats his girlfriend.

After the brothers get into a car accident, they both end up in comas. When Roman finally pulls out of his coma, Ryan’s soul has taken over Roman’s body. Even though Roman is acting just like Ryan, Jessica has a hard time believing what has happened. After Ryan reveals things that only she and Roman would know, Jessica finally succumbs to him.

Once the truth is revealed, Jessica must decide what she wants to do.

For a ‘PG-13’ thriller, audiences shouldn’t expect the usual scares and violence accompanied with the ‘R’-rated fare. For someone, like me, who doesn’t like that sort of gore, this thriller served the perfect dish.

The DVD includes a behind-the-scenes featurette, deleted scenes and a totally different, but perhaps more believable, alternate ending.

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