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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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Michael Petroni (screenplay), Won-mi Byun (screenplay Jungdok) (as Byun Won-Mi) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Sarah Michelle Gellar ... Jess
Lee Pace ... Roman
Michael Landes ... Ryan
Tuva Novotny ... Casey
Chelah Horsdal ... Miranda
Dhirendra ... Dr. Rajan
Paul Jarrett ... Psychiatrist
William B. Davis ... Dr. Creane
Veena Sood ... Dr. Katz
Peter Bryant ... Detective Mills
Jörgen Sandell Jörgen Sandell ... Detective #2
Donna Yamamoto ... Nurse
Suzanne Bastien Suzanne Bastien ... Registrar
Mark Louie Mark Louie ... Paramedic #1
Michael Jonsson ... Paramedic #2 (as Michael Johnson)
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Storyline

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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What if the person you loved became someone else? See more »


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

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 July 2009 (Portugal) See more »

Also Known As:

Addicted See more »

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Color

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2.35 : 1
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The film is set in San Francisco, however it was filmed in Vancouver, British Columbia. See more »

Quotes

Jessica: [Jessicsa sees both her husband and her brother in-law lying in hospital beds side by side with badages covering their face] Which one is my husband?
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Remake of Jungdok (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 BA_HarrisonSee 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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