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Cosmopolis (2012)

Paul Giamatti , Robert Pattinson , David Cronenberg  |  R |  DVD
2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (283 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 (283 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B009T3AE1Y
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #92,342 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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119 of 145 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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68 of 88 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Worth It! September 21, 2012
By lahani
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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "We All Die Every Day!"... April 21, 2014
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COSMOPOLIS follows ultra-rich, global financier Eric Packer (Robert Pattinson) as he tries to get to the barber shop. Riding slowly in a stretch limousine w/ an interior not unlike the starship Enterprise, Packer encounters several of his business associates and acquaintances. Not much action takes place, other than brief sexual encounters, a riot, a prostate exam (!!), a senseless murder, half a haircut, an attempted assassination, and a .38 caliber hand-piercing. No, the power of COSMOPOLIS lies not in action, but in words. The dialogue consists of various philosophical conversations concerning life, death, commerce, technology, and various other subjects. Packer is a vastly empty man. He has reached a point in his "life" where absolutely nothing matters. To call him "bored" would be like calling the sun "warm". Packer has no real reason to be or go anywhere. His mammoth wealth is worthless. His property, like his position, is without value to him. Packer is a demi-god who has attained so much that he has nothing left to do, say, or even think. Packer is a well-dressed, well-versed corpse. What happens when a man reaches such a level of "success"? At 28 years old, Packer has seen and done it all. Since he's used up the whole earth in his pursuits, where else can he go? With COSMOPOLIS, David Cronenberg has made one of the most fascinating films of his career. Highly recommended...
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars THE URGE TO DESTROY IS A CREATIVE URGE January 12, 2013
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A film that leaves you feeling, "WTF?" This avant-garde work oozes with symbolism and metaphors. The first one you should pick up on is the rat. The rat symbolizes a universal currency when society is at its lowest point. Toward the end of the film, Eric's barber comments "You're hair is ratty." Investor Eric Packer (Robert Patterson) represents all rich people whose world must be destroyed to make way for the new. This is your basic Phoenix or Shiva philosophy. Eric is being driven through NYC as all kind of events are happening outside of his limo. Eric is shielded from these events as his financial world goes to ruin. The world outside passes by almost in a surreal fashion and at times he blocks it out altogether.

We have the destruction idea as Eric has bet against the Yuan, Chinese currency. The theory implies that China is the new empire built upon the ashes of our American empire. Don't bet against it.

The people who enter Eric's cab appeal to be bits and pieces of his psyche. This is brought out when one woman who prattles on about philosophy (some key metaphor points) and claims she is his "Chief of Theory." Sarah Gadon plays Eric's trophy wife, a woman he knows nothing about and hasn't slept with. Their whole relationship was odd and clearly symbolic of...God knows what. Eric builds his world on formula and balance when life has neither.

For people who like their films straight forward, forget it. Good luck with this one.

Parental Guide: F-bomb, sex, full frontal nudity (Patricia McKenzie). Perhaps the longest "finger wave" in film history.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Rat is a Unit of Currency
We knew it was coming because Cronenberg gave us hints all the way, in his previous films. He had done violence; he had done mistaken identity; he had done obsession (several... Read more
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1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
This movie didn't make any sense.
Published 29 days ago by B Truly
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Very good. Great dialogue.
Published 1 month ago by Rosie posy
4.0 out of 5 stars Challenging, Thoughtful, and Full of Ideas
It's been a while since I saw a new Cronenberg movie. Eastern Promises was my last one, back when it was in the theaters. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Patrick Joseph
1.0 out of 5 stars Good Acting
I could not follow the moive, as expected per the director... but Robert Pattinson was very good for this role.
Published 1 month ago by AST
1.0 out of 5 stars A Great Disappointment.
I have loved Robert Pattinson since his portrayal of Edward Cullen in Twilight. I have watched every movie he has been in. I was really looking forward to an interesting movie. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Catalina Herrerias
1.0 out of 5 stars Cronenberg usually is a must for me...
... but this film felt so dry, dull, and disappointing. An ugly blot on an otherwise interesting career, even Existenz left you with more to think about than this turgid mess.
Published 1 month ago by F J.
5.0 out of 5 stars must watch movie
Robert Pattinson is proving he is one hell of an actor. he is proving to be the actor to watch now.
Published 1 month ago by Terri Daniel
5.0 out of 5 stars Strange Strange Strange
This is definitely one of the weirdest Cronenberg movies I have ever seen--and that is saying something! But it is a must-see!
Published 1 month ago by Stephanie Hickey
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