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Cosmopolis (2012)

Paul Giamatti , Robert Pattinson , David Cronenberg  |  R |  DVD
2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (269 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Paul Giamatti, Robert Pattinson
  • Directors: David Cronenberg
  • Format: Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Entertainment One
  • DVD Release Date: January 1, 2013
  • Run Time: 109 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (269 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B009T3AE1Y
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #27,623 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Eric Packer (Robert Pattinson),a 28-year-old billionaire asset manager, heads out in his tricked-out stretch limo, while remotely wagering his companys massive fortune on a bet against the Chinese Yuan. His trip across the city quickly turns into a wild, hypnotic odyssey as he encounters explosive city riots and a parade of provocative visitors. Having started the day with everything, Packer s perfectly ordered, doubt-free world is about to implode. Bonus Features: Citizens of Cosmopolis Featurette, Audio Commentary with David Cronenberg.

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117 of 147 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Meaning in life September 18, 2012
By Mary
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
*Contains Spoilers*

I read this book when Robert Pattinson signed on to the project, and to be honest, I didn't like it on the first reading. It grew on me by the second reading, but the movie made me love it. One of the challenges Cosmopolis faces is that it's impossible complete the phrase, "The moral of the story is...." and so many people, me included, dislike things that can't be easily defined. I've seen interviews with David Cronenberg and Robert Pattinson where they say that it is impossible to tell you what they story is about, but don't make the mistake of thinking that it's about nothing, it's just about open to so many interpretations that it's impossible to pin down. I'll give you mine, but rest assured that if you don't like what I see, chances are you'll see something else entirely anyway.

The story, in it's most basic form, is about Eric Packer's limo ride across the crowded city to get a haircut. He encounters various people and scenarios along the way, and inexpicably he encounters his new wife at several stops along the way, even though that would seem to be impossible since he's seemingly moving forward (albeit slowly) and she appears to intend to remain somewhat stationary. In a sense I think the limo ride is a microcosm for a Eric's journey through life. There is that saying that some people are in your life for a reason and some people are in your life for a season and I think he encounters his wife several times as a symbol of all people in a person's life that they keep coming back to, but it's poignant because he never really understands her, or her him even though there is that desire. They both very much are pretending to be normal, or at least understand normal, and don't we all feel that way sometimes?
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66 of 90 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Worth It! September 21, 2012
By lahani
Format:DVD
I won't try and explain this movie to you, because I think it's impossible to do. There are many, many interpretations of what goes on and I believe that you have to see it for yourself to determine what it means to you. That being said, I had great conversation afterwards trying to decide just what I thought it portrayed, and I came up with several. I will finally just say that this is definitely one that I will purchase so that I can watch and re-watch it. And I'm sure that every time I see it I will come up with something different. THAT's what makes this a great movie to me! The acting, especially by Robert Pattinson, was absolutely phenomenal. The ensemble actors were all wonderful though and each brought something very different to the movie. I can't wait until this becomes available - I will be first on the list and suggest that you get on that list as well!!
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43 of 59 people found the following review helpful
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From the strange to the sublime, few filmmakers have fascinated me more than David Cronenberg. The Canadian auteur has made some of my all time favorites, and his distinctive sense of macabre humor and his skewed world view is in evidence even in his most mainstream work. With a string of great films that included Scanners, Videodrome, The Dead Zone, The Fly and Dead Ringers, he earned a nickname (a personal favorite) as the King of Venereal Horror. But not to limit himself to genre work, he also scored accolades for his interpretation of Naked Lunch, A History of Violence, and Eastern Promises. I love Cronenberg in case you couldn't tell! Even his less successful pictures courted big ideas (Existenz, Spider) and/or great shock value (Crash). Say what you will, Cronenberg makes the films he wants to make and to heck with anyone else! I have to respect that. That is a large preface to discussing his latest effort "Cosmopolis," which in my estimation is a film that will elicit strong reactions from its viewers in both the negative and the positive sense. Adapting Don DeLillo's novel of the same name, the film unravels like a surreal (and utterly deadpan) dream as society teeters on the brink of anarchy.

Robert Pattinson veers about as far away from his Twilight role as one movie will allow. I appreciate that he wants to stretch as an actor and Cronenberg is notoriously good with his performers (Jeremy Irons' best work is in Dead Ringers and Jeff Goldblum was never better than in The Fly). Pattinson plays a financial genius who is betting his company's fortune on the day's events. In the midst of increasing turmoil, however, he becomes obsessed with riding across town to seek out a barber from his past.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars I wanted to like this movie, but... March 2, 2013
Format:DVD
Let me state upfront that I am generally a big fan of Canadian director David Cronenberg, even though his movies are hits and misses, but even in the misses, Cronenberg seems to bring a unique persepctive.

"Cosmopolis" (2012 release; 109 min.) brings the story of Eric Packer (played by Robert Pattison), a 28 yr. old financial Wall Street whiz kid who uses his stretch limousine pretty much as his office, and we see the limo driving in New York towards his barber as Packer needs to get a haircut. Several events intervene, and that is when things starts to unravel, seemingly without sense or purpose.

Several comments: to tell you that I am bewildred, and disappointed, by this movie, would be an understatement. Characters come and go, and it's hard to understand why. Juliette Binoche, who gets 2nd star lining in the movie just below Pattison, appears out of nowhere having sex with Packer in the limo and is in the movie for all of about 10 min. or so. Then there are the improbable, at times laughable lines. Such as Packer saying "My prostate is asymmetrical" to a woman, who responds "What does that mean?" and Packer responding "I don't know". And then later on Benni (played by Paul Giamatti) exclaiming "I have my syndromes, you have your complexes. You did it to yourself!", and on and on. On a minor plus side, the movie does feature a couple of songs from fellow Canadian indie-band Metric. If you wonder why I watched the movie to the end, all I can offer is that I was hoping it would get better and I was on a 15 hr. trans-pacific flight and simply killing time. Bottom line, as much as I like David Cronenberg and wanted to like this movie, I cannot recommend this movie, sorry.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Cosmopolis
This is the most boring and dull movie of the year. Bad acting no action and absolutely boring! Rent this movie instead of purchasing it
Published 1 day ago by Lynn Dee Walther
5.0 out of 5 stars cosmo
For the life of me I could not understand the movie .What I don't get is why . Seems like everyone else loved it. Will watch it again maybe it was just me.
Published 2 days ago by Jojo Nekona
4.0 out of 5 stars I liked it.
The movie is almost like reading the book. EXCEPT for the star, Robert Pattinson. He nailed the part completely. Read more
Published 10 days ago by moviecrazed
1.0 out of 5 stars INSUFFERABLE!
I have no idea what this film was about -- and couldn't care less. After 20 head-scratching minutes of mindless, go-nowhere dialogue, I ejected the disc from my DVD player and... Read more
Published 24 days ago by Joel Kovacik
1.0 out of 5 stars I expected more ...
This has got to be one of the worst movies I've ever seen. I am truly disappointed that Robert Pattinson made this senseless narcistic movie. Read more
Published 28 days ago by Vivian R. Vasquez
2.0 out of 5 stars Pointless
It felt like I was waiting the entire movie to take off and start making sense, and eventually gave up on. Definitely a waste of my time to watch, however, the soundtrack is great.
Published 1 month ago by nicola a stewart
3.0 out of 5 stars Strange Indeed
I will be the first to admit not understanding everything Cronenberg was attempting to convey from this novel. Read more
Published 1 month ago by mr. critic
5.0 out of 5 stars A multilayered film that leaves you thinking - a lot
At the beginning of Cosmopolis, I wasn't sure what to make of the mannered speech and the way Robert Pattinson was making a young character act like a tough seasoned boss. Read more
Published 2 months ago by J. Perkins
4.0 out of 5 stars Love Robert
Different movie for him. After all the Twilight movies. But he's great and I will see any of his movies
Published 2 months ago by Lore
5.0 out of 5 stars Robert Pattinson is an amazing actor.
This is a must have for my collection. When I saw Little Ashes, I was astonished at his bravery and range. He clearly enjoys playing unexpected roles and it's fascinating to watch. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Lynda
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