The Possession was a fair enough effort, even to me, but it couldn’t manage to break through into something that could really grip you. Whatever the problems (I had a lot more than Shane, despite our close rating), it at least didn’t derail completely.
There’s something very “throwback” about not only the plot generally, but the film’s construction, and that’s probably a double-edged sword for any horror fan. It didn’t work for me, but Shane appreciated it to some degree.
The notables for the film come by way of the two stars, Jeffrey Dean Morgan in the positive, and Kyra Sedgwick in the extremely negative. Unfortunately, as well as Jeffrey Dean Morgan manages to pull through the often clunky material, Sedgwick can’t convince of anything. There’s also a real standout performance to wait for near the end, and even though it is ultimately a very small supporting role, it’s a great one.
But, despite the lack of enthusiasm I had for the film, it made for an interesting conversation, and the truth is that we probably talked more about the genre itself than we did about the film. I think the film failed in the end, because there was too much forced and borderline nonsensical dialog, but it was worth it for as much as it spawned conversation.
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