Inheritance (2020)

When a wealthy man dies, he leaves his daughter to protect his darkest secret, there’s a man chained up in a bunker in the woods. Torn between just letting the man go, and protecting her family, her father’s legacy, she goes looking for the secrets that surround this man.

It’s intriguing enough to keep you watching, with plenty of twists and turns. Performances are workman like, as is the direction, which desperately wants to feel like early David Fincher. Simon Pegg seems to revel in a rare serious role, summoning enough weird to make him more than a bit creepy.

There is a problem with the plot, something that only struck me at the very end. Early in the story, the daughter watches a video of her father asking her to protect his secret. He makes a weak excuse but doesn’t tell her what it is or why. That feels contrived. I would’ve lost the video. All you need is a letter that tells her to go look in this place only the two of them knew. Also I would’ve put most of the revelations you get at the end, at the mid point. From there the moral dilemmas would’ve complicated, be more difficult to resolve. I would’ve tortured her a little more for the sake of the story.

Watch it and decide for yourself.

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Spenser Confidential (2020)

Ex-cop, and now an ex-convict, puts the world to rights, battling dirty cops and corruption like a superhero. He’s a kind of blue collar Batman, with a smart mouth, a thick head, fast fists, and a schoolboy morality. There’s a strange kind of purity in its desire to entertain.

Possessor (2020)

Brandon Cronenberg, son of David, offers up something that’s as brutal and bloody, as it is mind bending and truly horrific. Think what it would be like to have a deranged psychopath running around inside your head, controlling your actions, and you’d have some idea of what’s happening here. Visually arresting and psychology jarring it revels in the blood, and glories in the brutality. Truly a horror film of our time.

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