Official Selection, 2020 Canada’s Top Ten, TIFF
The latest sci-fi vision from Canadian writer-director Brandon Cronenberg is a nightmarish techno-thriller that puts a distinctly human, visceral twist on the concept of cybercrime.
Tasya Vos (Andrea Riseborough) is a “possessor”: an elite assassin enlisted by her handler (Jennifer Jason Leigh) to take control of other people’s bodies using brain-implant technology in order to kill high-value targets. As she sinks deeper into her latest assignment to eliminate a powerful businessman (Sean Bean), Vos becomes trapped inside a mind that threatens to obliterate her.
Cronenberg’s use of body horror and phantasmagoria makes for a smart and surreal deconstruction of artificial intelligence, gender, and corporate dominance — one that embraces the information age while simultaneously skewering it.
“With his second feature, Cronenberg continues to use the medium to explore modern anxieties and ills, establishing himself as one of genre filmmaking’s boldest new voices.” –Jen Yamato, Los Angeles Times
Content advisories: explicit violence, sexually suggestive scenes