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Possession (2009)

Sarah Michelle Gellar , Lee Pace , Joel Bergvall , Simon Sandquist  |  PG-13 |  DVD
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Sarah Michelle Gellar, Lee Pace, Michael Landes, Tuva Novotny, Chelah Horsdal
  • Directors: Joel Bergvall, Simon Sandquist
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Surround), French (Dolby Surround), Spanish (Stereo)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Dubbed: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Fox Searchlight
  • Run Time: 85 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001UJUGZY
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #86,634 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Sarah Michelle Gellar stars in this eerie mystery thriller as Jessica, a young woman whose nearly perfect marriage with Ryan (Michael Landes, Final Destination 2) is marred only by the regular interference of Ryan's reckless and self-absorbed brother, Roman (Lee Pace of The Fall and TV's Pushing Daisies). Jessica's world comes crashing down when both her husband and brother-in-law get into a devastating car crash and fall into comas. But when only the difficult Roman wakes up, he claims to actually be Ryan. In fact, he knows things about Jessica that Roman couldn't possibly know. Now Jessica must expose the truth: can souls move between bodies? Or is this phenomenon the work of a much more sinister force? Possession is a gripping tale of romance and mistrust in the mend-bending tradition of Birth and Vanilla Sky.

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24 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Possessed by this movie June 10, 2010
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Jess and her husband, Ryan, have it all. A great marriage, a beautiful home, and she is a successful lawyer. Life is good - until Ryan's prodigal brother, Roman, is jailed for assault and is now out on parole. He has to stay with his brother and his wife during his probation period, but he and Ryan are like night and day. Ryan loves his brother and wants to support him despite his violent background and bad attitude. Roman is not beyond redemption, he just had a bad past relationship with his father and doesn't know how to deal with his anger and resentment. Jess does not like Roman, he frightens her, and she wants him out of the house. Ryan cannot throw his own brother out after all he's been through. Roman overhears their argument one day regarding this and leaves on his own, his belongings in trash bags slung over his shoulder as Jess looks on. She calls Ryan and tells him Roman has left the house. Roman is not supposed to leave the state. Ryan says he is going to return home immediately and as he is crossing the Golden Gate bridge, he is trying to call his brother Roman, unaware that Roman is on that very same bridge heading right toward him from the opposite direction. The fog is thick, Roman is driving recklessly and as he passes a car, his own brother is in his path and they collide. Moments later they are both laying on the road, unconcious and badly injured. They are taken to the hospital and put in the same room together, still unconcious, their faces badly bruised, so much so that Jess cannot tell which man is her husband.

And therein lies the rub, as they say, in this suspenseful thriller starring Sarah Michelle Gellar, Lee Pace, and Michael Landes. It is a story about love, loss, loyalty, redemption, deception, second chances, and forgiveness.
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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Concept 10, Execution 3 June 25, 2010
By DDR
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There is so much right with Possession: Sarah Michelle Gellar is beautiful and affecting as Jess; Lee Pace is (psychologically) dark and sexy as Roman who might be Ryan, and Michael Landes is pitch-perfect as Jess's artistic, sensitive and loving husband, Ryan. The premise of a woman confronted with the possibility that the spirit of her beloved, comatose husband might now be residing in the body of her dangerous brother-in-law is outright fascinating and could have been mined for so much more than it is, here. I agree with those who said the alternate ending was better, but even there, Possession suffers from the fact that the directors couldn't decide if they were making a psychological horror film, a supernatural horror film, or a woman-in-danger thriller. They got that they were making a romance, but apparently became confused as to whether Pace or Landes should be the true object of Gellar's affections. Ignore the image on the DVD case which has more to do with the direction that the film should have taken than anything remotely related to the film as it was actually made (including deleted scenes and alternate endings). If you are a fan of any of the three actors, you'll want to see this film in which case you should definitely buy the DVD for the more emotionally satisfying alternate ending as the official ending manages to reassert the supernatural theme at the same time it leaves us in a logical and emotional limbo. If you are a fan of the original Korean film, Addicted, you will likely be disappointed in the westernization of a film with a very neat and unexpected twist at the end. I give this a rating of four primarily for the three leads and the atmosphere and the potential. Sadly, potential that is not quite realized.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars a nice psychological thriller June 1, 2010
By Ben
Format:DVD
First and foremost, the cover of the dvd does not tally at all with this film's theme. This is not a horror tale like "The Grudge" but rather, a psychological thriller with a romantic twist. It is nice to see Lee Pace in a different light, away from the "Pushing Daisies" persona. Sarah Michelle Gellar also did a tremendous job in this little known flick.
The plot is good and it is rare to find a film which deals with this kind of story. Buy!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Steve's Review August 29, 2013
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I've become something of a Sarah Michelle Gellar fan after discovering Buffy and I'm always looking for more of her movies. This one kind of reminds me of The Return which I also reviewed. The one thing I learned from watching this movie is that every time you think you know what is going on they throw a curve and twist in it. Briefly Sarah plays Jess and early in the movie Jess's husband and his brother are in a head on collision with each other. They both wind up in a coma and eventually one of them wakes up and that's when the fun begins, all is not as it seems. If you're in to movies that make you think and pay attention then you will like this one and I recommend it. One of the cool special features is an alternate ending that is worth a look too.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Possession or schizophrenia? May 14, 2010
Format:DVD
Possession starring Sarah Michelle Gellar (Buffy the Vampire Slayer), Michael Landes (Final Destination 2) and Lee Pace (Pushing Daisies) is the American remake of Korean director Young-hoon Park's 2007 movie "Addicted (Special Edition)". And like most American remakes of Asian films, something got lost in the translation.

Originally I had no idea that this was built off of Addicted, I was more interested in the fact that SMG, Michael Landes and Lee Pace were all in a movie together--separately I love them, I couldn't see a problem with seeing them altogether. Objectively speaking Possession isn't a horrible film. The storyline is a good one, the acting is fair and atmosphere was there aplenty. It falls apart with the narrative structure and pacing.

After the accident, when Roman(Pace) is convincing Jess(SMG) that he's her husband Ryan(Landes) Jess begins incredulous (and highly offended), but pretty quickly it seems as if Roman's superficial evidence is breaking down her defenses. Grief certainly plays a part, but common sense seems to have fled completely.

Much is made of the difference between the ending that is attached to the movie and the alternate ending in the deleted scenes. Was it a better ending? I guess it depends on what you thought Jess believed. The two endings are very different for all 3 characters, but neither really fit in my opinion. In neither ending does it detail if what Roman/Ryan said was true (in regards to how she felt about Roman). One is highly ambiguous and the other teases at the possibility that what he said was true and she was hiding it. Also in one ending its more of a 'supernatural' twist then the other.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent psycho-thriller....
An unexpected twist of a thriller. The cover of the DVD is very misleading, if you are looking for a gory, scary, horror flick you will be disappointed. Read more
Published 8 days ago by Penny
4.0 out of 5 stars Not what I was expecting
This movie was good for me because I am a huge Sarah Michelle Gellar fan, but it wasn really what I was expecting the story to be and the cover makes it out to be paranormal when... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Kindle Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars Possession Not So Possessive....
The movie could have been so much better if they'd gone with the title instead of the sensational route of murder, mayhem and blood. Read more
Published 7 months ago by M. Lugo
3.0 out of 5 stars I THOUGHT IT WOULD BE WORSE
First of all, say that this is not a film of terror, suspense thriller, or anything like that.
Do not be fooled by the cover. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Mary
2.0 out of 5 stars Not as thrilling as I thought it would be
First of all, the cover of the movie has nothing to do with the plot whatsoever. Secondly, the movie was not as thrilling as I thought it would be. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Florance
2.0 out of 5 stars Re-Possession
Take this movie back. RePossess it. I like Sara Michelle Gellar. That's all. Not that the movie is THAT bad. Read more
Published 14 months ago by R. Childers
2.0 out of 5 stars NOT A SCARY MOVIE AT ALL!
i was expecting a scary movie, i fell asleep : ( a big dissappointment from what i had expected. fast delevery though.
Published 21 months ago by julianna sedbrook
3.0 out of 5 stars Ok I guess
Wasn't the movie i wanted I wanted the new movie The Possession. With the little girl was dissapointed when reliezed
Published 22 months ago by Barbara streeter
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome
I originally was not going to watch this, but I did when I found out Sarah Michelle Gellar was in it. The movie is a really good thriller with twists I honestly saw coming. Read more
Published 23 months ago by John Collins
5.0 out of 5 stars possession was great
SMG , Lee pace have wonderful chemistry in this movie i loved this movie its one of my favorites. micheal landes is ryan he plays smgs husband ryan he is also great in the... Read more
Published on December 30, 2011 by kate
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