The scenes where he was with the ship and receiving his orders, so to speak, definitely seemed to borrow a lot from stories about demonic possession. No doubt about that.
It's also as if the ship intentionally woke up some evil alien part of him that had remained dormant up to that point, like he was some kind of extraterrestrial Manchurian candidate and the switch got flipped on. Beyond his new attitude, this also turned on his superhuman abilities.
In any case, there was definitely a change in his personality and that change was due to the ship. I don't think there can be any doubt about that.
I think you ask a good question about what would have happened if the family had not held onto the ship. I think, judging from what we see in the film, everything would've been different. It really seems like the physical encounter with the ship was necessary to turn him into Evil Brandon and without that the change just wouldn't have happened.
I would say we are pretty much on the same wavelength of thought.
I felt the transformation came in steps. In his first trip to the barn, he was unable to break the lock or see the ship. He seemed not to know why he was there or how he got there. a short time later he was able to cut through a steel door on a walk in freezer. Eventually he was able to break the lock and chain like it was nothing. So his powers and abilities increased over time.
Prior to the night where he was summoned in his sleep, he seemed to have no knowledge or draw to the area in the barn where the ship was stored.
A poster below feels the event was connected to puberty. I feel it was timed to his 12th birthday. The summon of the ship happened very shortly before his birthday celebration. I assume the birthday the family celebrated was the day he landed on earth and they found him. His actual "birth" from whoever or whatever was born to would have taken place before his arrival here. So I would say the encounter with the ship was timed to his birthday.
Puberty is a gradual process and does not have a specific defining moment or time it takes place.
I may be writing more into the plot than what was intended but it just seems to form a pattern of logic. Needless to say this is fiction and its all hypothetical.
What I'm wondering is why could the ship material hurt him?
Could it be that the ones who constructed that ship and sent him away saw him as a threat so they got rid of him?
I dont know if you saw my post about the directors commentary.. If not, please read it. Its easy to find.
After purchasing the DVD and hearing this commentary, I lost ALL interest in the movie. Trust me; I originally HAD an interest or I wouldn't have purchased the DVD.
It is pointless and futile to try to make sense of this movie. If the ones who made the movie, had no faith in their own work, why should we.
They punked us and then rubbed our faces in it. They made their money and that was that. They will never make another dime off me.
PLEASE understand. I dont blame the cast. I truly believe they did their best with what they were given. Like the viewers, they were lead astray by bad directing and bad choices of what they chose to give the viewer.. Its not the actors fault.
I might say that in the future, this idiot director wants to pick a "test audience" to view his work, chose one with brains in their head and listen.
I DO thank you for thought provoking reply. Im sorry I just cant be enthusiastic about this movie anymore.
My take on it WrepDrep, is that the ship was constructed of a metal that’s from his home world & as such is made of a material that can hurt or kill him.
It’s not that much of a stretch, after all Superman has his Kryptonite (pieces of his home planet Krypton). Superman never did expand on the subject though, meaning if anyone had a crowbar or a weapon such as a knife or gun from his world, would that hurt him or would he still be invincible because he was on earth?