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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 company's 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
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- MPAA rating : s_medR R (Restricted)
- Product Dimensions : 6.75 x 5.35 x 0.45 inches; 3.2 Ounces
- Item model number : EONE7377BR
- Director : David Cronenberg
- Media Format : Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen, DTS Surround Sound
- Run time : 1 hour and 49 minutes
- Release date : July 1, 2016
- Actors : Robert Pattinson, Sarah Gadon, Paul Giamatti, Kevin Durand, Juliette Binoche
- Studio : Entertainment One
- ASIN : B009T3AHDE
- Number of discs : 1
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It's basically just cameras switching back and forth while these actors recite their lines as if they're reading them for the second or third time. The camera angles were more entertaining than the dialogue.
Lots of sitting in a limo with obvious green screens, I guess they busted their budget with green screens and paying Robert Pattison ...to recite lines. I guess being a 1D character for the saga kinda ransacked his acting abilities.
I'm not sure what the direction this movie was trying to go in but it's definitely stagnant and unstimulating.
Do something else with your lives. Go outside instead. Take your kid fishing or eat your feelings at an ice cream shop. Don't do this movie.
Prophetic though it was, Don DeLillo’s 2003 novel—now a whip-smart film about meltdowns global and personal—gets one thing absolutely wrong. (So does the movie.) Consider some of cinema’s past greedmongers: Michael Douglas’s ravenous Gordon Gekko, his face strained with impure appetites, or Christian Bale in American Psycho, plenty active to burn off those extra calories. These beasts fit the rapacious moods of their day, extensions of the market.
Cosmopolis, on the other hand, has too-cool Robert Pattinson as its 28-year-old billionaire about to fall (leap?) into the maw of economic collapse and OWS rage. Its hero should look a lot less collected, right? Shouldn’t his pulse be irregular, his exuberance more irrational? (One is reminded of an unflappable 007/Sean Connery, locked in a coffin, on a conveyor belt into a crematoriums firey maw - Diamonds Are Forever?) Anyway...
During a daylong trip across a traffic-jammed Manhattan, hypervigilant Eric (Pattinson) is even visited by a prostate-probing doctor, who does the examination right there in the soundproofed limo—apparently, these checkups occur daily. (Were the housing market as lucky.) Pointing to a mole on his torso, Eric frowns. “Let it express itself,” says the doctor.
Director David Cronenberg—who knows a thing or two about bodily functions/expressions and their physical manifestations—understands, finally, what to do with the as ageing tween star, turning his zombified handsomeness into a stark canvas upon which we can project our own anxieties. Undervalued as a subverter of A-list, H'wood stars, Cronenberg uses Pattinson’s own blankness as the visage of an unpersuasive godhead, surrounded by computer screens that don’t comfort him. Crawling through a city throbbing with unrest, Eric makes time for a dalliance or two—not with his wife, a brittle ice queen (Sarah Gadon), but with other women—and still, he doesn’t seem at ease. He communicates most with his tight-jawed security aide (Kevin Durand, fierce) who warns him of upcoming obstacles and vague messages from the “complex.” The pair could be miniaturized travelers in an updated Fantastic Voyage (or Innerspace), the dying body that of late capitalism.
Where is Eric going? To get a haircut, we hear early on. Cosmopolis is close to experimental in its denatured, deceptively banal plot. (Cronenberg probably required his lead actor’s name just to get it made.) The movie grows, though, into something hypnotic and ominous. A parade of temporary companions makes its way through the backseat cabin: a nervous tech wizard (Jay Baruchel), an art-dealing sex partner (Juliette Binoche), a vice president of “theory” (Samantha Morton) and a pie-throwing terrorist (Mathieu Amalric). All of them raise alarms in their own way, pointing to Eric’s doom—his inability to understand his own potency, his blithe willingness to buy an entire chapel of Rothko oils just to keep them in his apartment.
DeLillo’s novel isn't among his best - but, hey, it's DeLillo...(A high bar, indeed.) Cronenberg, who adapted the script himself (as he did with other "unfilmable" novels, Crash and Naked Lunch - J.G Ballard and William S. Burroughs, respectively), flatters the material into a sensual, propulsive thriller, the apocalypse as viewed from lush interiors and a hermetic remove. It’s more than spooky.
Ultimately, Cosmopolis is a theory movie, one that’s made unusually accessible by filmmaking chops, rear-entry sex and rat-a-tat-tat stacato dialogue - a Delillo technique that Cronenberg nailed. It could have used more humor: When a hulking rap promoter shows up to mourn a dead celebrity—the saintly Brother Fez (K’naan)—Eric’s sympathies provide a rare moment of levity. (Howard Shore’s sinuous score, including the K’naan number “Mecca,” is tops.) It all comes down to a disgruntled 99 percenter with a gun—again, way too obvious—but until then, the cruise is slick as an oil spill.
The bluray has a great feature -length (about 90 minutes) documentary that is highly recommended. I think it's called The Citizens of Cosmopolis. Cast, crew, director all participate. A very good doc - it qualifies as a "stand alone" film. Of course Don DeLillo wasn't on board. Oh, well - maybe next time. One can wish, after all he wrote/presented and "starred" (he might have even directed) in a fantastic BBC feature around the publication of Mao 2. It's on YouTube - a must see for Delillo's readers. But I digress...
In the trivia section it states the director simply separated dialogue from the narrative and that took 6 days, well yeah and that's why this film fails miserably. None of the scenes have context or perception. As if taking the script of each individual scene, then cutting it to ribbons and then reciting it in the order that it's pulled out of a hat. "I know this", "There are books about holes", "I saw your toilet"...
I enjoy most of Croneberg's films, I googled him in search and this movie came up in the results. It bordered on a similarity with Videodrome but that border was thin and never crossed. I simple could not wait for this film to end.
When this movie appeared on Prime, I added it to my watchlist after watching the trailer.
I kept scrolling over the thumbnail and debating whether I wanted to watch this movie or the one next to it.
I finally watched it and while it took me a while to get into it (about 20 minutes), I stuck with it and ended up liking it.
First thought, Robert Pattinson looks GOOD.
Second thought, his acting in this movie is awesome.
I usually like Cronenberg's films (quirky as they are). For this one, I strongly recommend reading the one-star reviews, then read the trivia, and then watch 20 minutes (if you can get that far). It only gets worse.
You have been warned!
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This is an even less commercial film than eXistence - which it resembles slightly, so much French and Canadian money pumped in and not a drop of Hollywood. Our hero, Eric Packer, heads out into the near future rich, handsome, married and protected and ends up penniless, shot, humiliated and well... dead. It is cruel, funny, deadpan, ironic and a tad obvious. I mean, the rats - everywhere you see and hear about. OK Don, that's enough David - we get it.
But the trip, while heavy going at times, is more than worthwhile. The leads are very good, especially the swivel eyed Paul Giametti and Eric's crazed assassin to be.The script is literate though very difficult, and it is as enigmatic as the novel at times. Not perfect, then, but a hell of a lot lore intriguing than the average multi-plex. A for effort, B+ for execution.
Warning: you might hate it. I did not.
Now what is really cool, is that if you want, you may watch it again.
Also really cool is that you can have multilingual sub-titles, which helps to learn a new language.
Also cool is that it is a small silver coloured disk which has a film on it.