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Cosmopolis (2012)

Paul Giamatti , Robert Pattinson , David Cronenberg  |  R |  DVD
2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (293 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Paul Giamatti, Robert Pattinson
  • Directors: David Cronenberg
  • Format: Multiple Formats, 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: 2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (293 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B009T3AE1Y
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #109,668 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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121 of 149 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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70 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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44 of 61 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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15 of 21 people found the following review helpful
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Understand that I have a great appreciation for the surreal and non narrative structured films of our age. I am an avid David Lynch and Charlie Kaufman fan so these types of films tend to appeal to me. However Cosmopolis was a lifeless film, it was an audiobook with pictures. I was 30 minutes into the film asking myself when will the film actually begin. The acting is monotone and when I mean monotone I mean the actors including the main character all speak like the agents in the matrix, there is no chemistry or engagements between the characters, almost like they could all be CGI talking to blue screens, most of the time they are not even looking at one another while speaking. I understand capitalism is a machine and that could be a minor explanation for the dialogue but it just does not engage the viewer one bit. It kind of reminds me of the film Waking Life but lacking in any substantial existential realizations. Paul Giamatti's 15 minute performance at the end was suberb and probably left a lasting impression on some to give it a favorable review. However this performance does not amend the fact that you just spent an hour and a half listening to dialogue as monotone as a GPS indicator and watching actors just reading lines out loud as if they were reading the script for the first time. The artistic qualities of this film have eluded me, if one finds mathematics to be an art then this film may appeal to you otherwise this film is 2 hours of wasted existence. To sum it up it is like eating a box of unfrosted shredded wheat for dessert.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent DeLillo adaptation
David Cronenberg's Cosmopolis (2012) is a very fine adaptation of Don DeLillo's book of the same name which sees 28 year old multi billionaire 'Master of the Universe' investment... Read more
Published 15 days ago by Film Buff
5.0 out of 5 stars "Money is talking to itself..."
We could talk about how gorgeous Robert Pattinson is, or how any film directed by David Cronenberg is worth watching at least once, or how his long-time music collaborator brought... Read more
Published 17 days ago by Johnny Blaze
3.0 out of 5 stars Rob should do a comedy!
This movie was kind of weird, but I like when Rob got hit with the pie.
I thought that was the best part.
Published 1 month ago by Ron Moton
4.0 out of 5 stars Cronenberg is so intelligent that sometimes he may be counting...
Cronenberg is so intelligent that sometimes he may be counting excessively in his audience to follow him in specific details.
Published 1 month ago by J. Santos
5.0 out of 5 stars great movie.
Very interesting movie but you do have to pay close attention. Robert pattinson is unfortunately an underrated actor due to his fortunate/unfortunate break though with the twilight... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Nataly
3.0 out of 5 stars A strange departure.
It's okay. I think the book makes a better stage play than a film. It has some interesting points, probably captures the life of many CEOs hehe, and it does have some dialogue that... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Crank
2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
Weak plot and progression
Published 1 month ago by Doctor C O Oluigbo
1.0 out of 5 stars Cronenberg's FAIL attempt at redoing American Psycho & Wall Street
So I guess Cronenberg saw American Psycho and Wall Street and thought, "hey, I can do one of those interesting takes on the dark side of wall street."

No, no you can't.
Published 2 months ago by AG in LA
1.0 out of 5 stars Terrible movie
Terrible movie. Why did they make this?????
Published 2 months ago by Judy Brown
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
fair to good content.
Published 2 months ago by terry brown
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