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Possession (2008)

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A woman's life is thrown into chaos after a freak car accident sends her husband and brother-in-law into comas. Thrills arrive after the brother-in-law wakes up, thinking he's his brother.

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Jess, a woman whose life turns surreal after an automobile accident leaves both her husband Ryan and her brother-in-law Roman in a coma. Things take an even darker turn when Roman wakes believing that he is Ryan. As Jess tries to deal with these increasingly disturbing events, she also struggles with the possibility that either the spirit of her husband has returned to her or that something very sinister is at work. Written by tay_14_2006@hotmail.com

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Rated PG-13 for violence, disturbing images, some sexuality and language | See all certifications »

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16 July 2009 (Portugal)  »

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This film was completed in 2007 and was set for a Febuary 2008 wide release in theaters. But due to Yari Film Group (the film's distributor) filing a Chapter 11 protection (Bankruptcy Code), its release was pushed back close to a dozen times, and was then finally given a straight-to-DVD March 2010 release in the United States. See more »

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Jessica: [Jessica wants Ryan's brother Roman out of her house] When are we getting our house back?
Ryan: Everybody is always giving Roman a raw deal. He's my brother, I'm not going to do that.
Jessica: I know you don't see it, but he scares me.
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Remake of Addicted (2002) See more »

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Saving My Love
Written by Andreas Alfredsson (as Andreas Alfredsson Grube) and Christian Sandquist (as Cristian Sandquist)
Performed by Josefina Andersson
Trumpet Played by Erik Palmberg
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Far-fetched and feeble.
14 May 2012 | by (Hampshire, England) – See all my reviews

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. And a pretty poor one at that!

Edit *** I've just watched Addicted, the Korean film on which this was based; it is also a very slow-moving film, but a much more worthwhile effort overall—classy and subtle, where Possession is just clumsy ***


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