Possession or Guilt?: “Session 9” Movie Review [Spoilers]

Who’s the bad guy in this one?

That’s what I found myself asking while I snuggled up with my fiance to watch Session 9, a movie heavily touted on my social media as a damn good movie.

At first, I’ll admit, I was skeptical. It looked like it was filmed on an old iPhone camera, despite some recognizable faces in the film, like David Caruso from CSI: Miami fame and Josh Lucas (Lincoln Lawyer, American Psycho) as Hank.

But as the story went on, I wondered what the correlation between two seemingly unrelated events were. On one hand [spoilers after this line]

The men are breaking up the asylum so it can be fixed and one guy runs off to listen to a recording of a patient with Dissociative Identity Disorder, and as the recording goes on throughout the movie, we’re finally introduced to the ‘bad’ Alter, Simon.

Meanwhile a character named Gordon, who runs the whole outfit and is grieving the separation from his wife, is dealing with untrustworthy men on his crew.

You begin to wonder where all of this is gonna end up, and then you’re smack dab in the middle of it.

Now, I called the ending around the beginning while Gordon was on the phone with his wife, and wasn’t too surprised when it turned out to be true, that he had killed her (and later everyone else). I didn’t, however, correlate the “Simon” in that patient to some evil entity that possessed him and perhaps made him do those things. But that seems to be where the story wanted you to go.

Simon is overheard saying, “I live in the weak and the wounded.

And it seems he simply overtakes anyone who is easily accessible. Who is vulnerable to his, I hate using this word as its subjective, ‘evil.’

Gordon, as we now know, was. He was about to lose his business if they didn’t finish that job in a week (great payout, too bad they couldn’t do it), he had killed his wife (because of Simon, we’re meant to ascertain), and his grip on his employees was loosening. We was ripe to be possessed by whatever Simon is meant to be. And in that, the ending was effective. [spoilers end]

It wasn’t a flashy movie, but blood was present, and the creeping sensation that something was very wrong throughout kept me on my toes.

The Monster: I’ve read no other reviews on this, nor have I looked at any spoilers or anything before I watched, so I’m completely going off my own thoughts. The monster was, I suppose, meant to be a ‘monster’ of possession — or guilt, and I think it was a bit of both. A very effective monster in that you never know when it’s your friends and family that are going through something and you ‘may’ not be able to see the ‘change’ coming. (Or you may, but you’re not prepared for it like these friends weren’t.)

Monster Rating: 8/10

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