Repossession (2020) starts with Jim (Gerald Chew), a middle-aged engineer, being offered two options: getting fired from his job or quitting his job. After having a breakdown with HR he finally gets laid off and decides to avoid sharing this piece of information with his family. His pride and ego are the most precious things in life, next to his Audi. Months pass by and Jim is still trying to find a job. In the meantime he decides to try the stock market and work as an Uber driver, which proves to be the more difficult task for Jim since there’s a risk of being recognized if he ever picks up a friend or ex-worker. The time comes when the bank takes action and tries to repossess everything Jim owns on his name. At the same time, there’s an evil force trying to take away every person Jim loves. Could it be Jim has a curse from his childhood or bad karma for something he did during his young adult years? Or maybe it’s all a nightmare caused by eating chicken enchiladas too late at night…
First of all, the movie shouldn’t fall under the category of horror. Having a monster that represents your inner fury and fears (this is not a spoiler) doesn’t stand close to whatever entity it wants to emulate. As a drama, it stands for its own merit. But as a horror film, it fails to deliver whatever it tried to serve.
At times, the plot seems to be clear but when the fantastic elements which, in my opinion were unnecessary for the development of the story, begin to be incorporated, the thread of events starts to get lost between flashbacks from Jim’s past and appearances of the entity in the present. It even seems that the writer wanted to replicate a Stephen King story by trying to mix real-life situations with the surrealism that characterizes the author very well. And sadly, for the sake of the story, the inclusion of this paranormal entity wasn’t the best idea; it makes the plot look like the attention and interest from the writer got lost halfway and said “I’m bored; let’s add mysticism to it.”
Repossession has nice visuals, very clean video editing and audio mixing, and smart camera angles. With that said, the acting is something that got out of hand. The interesting thing about this is that the cast is good; they are people who have had a lot of experience. Which opens doubt about the direction they may have received while being on set, or it was probably the lack of coherence in the dialogue that none of the stars of the film felt their own characters come to life while portraying them. It is still something that can be ignored while watching the film; it won’t affect how the viewer sees it. And even though everything seems lost halfway through the film, there is a sort of moral in the end that flashes a little bit of wisdom but later gets lost entirely for the fatal conclusion of the story. The idea is very good, but the execution was terrible.
Repossession becomes quite an interesting film when you’re not expecting the scare of your life. It has a very slow pace that achieves an understanding of the main character’s dilemma. But, at the same time, that pace may lose a viewer’s interest if it’s not the cup of tea they were looking for; especially if the viewer doesn’t like a mix-and-match storyline.
8 OUT OF 10 EVIL SPIRITS LIKED THIS FILM