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Cosmopolis [Blu-ray]


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  • Actors: Robert Pattinson, Juliette Binoche, Paul Giamatti, Samantha Morton, Mathieu Amalric
  • Directors: David Cronenberg
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region B/2 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Classification: To be announced
  • Studio: Entertainment One
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (75 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B008CMHH5Y

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New York is in turmoil, the age of capitalism is drawing to a close and Eric Packer, a high finance golden boy is chauffeured across the city in his extravagant limousine to get a haircut. A visit from the President of the United States paralyses Manhattan and as the day goes by, an eruption of wild activity unfolds on the city's streets. Eric watches helplessly as his empire collapses and as his paranoia intensifies during the 24-hour period, he starts to piece together clues that lead him to a most terrifying secret: his imminent assassination.

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The union of director David Cronenberg and Twilight star Robert Pattinson is hardly a predictable one, but the pair prove quite the combination with Cosmopolis. A drama set across 24 hours in New York City, the film sees Pattinson as Eric, a rich asset manager on a trip across Manhattan in a luxury limousine. But it's no ordinary trip: with Manhattan preparing for the visit of the President of the United States, things soon start to go very, very wrong for Eric.

Cronenberg wrote the script as well as directing here, and Cosmopolis is a challenging, slow film, that treats its audience with intelligence. Pattinson works hard in the lead role, with considerable success, and the supporting players, including Paul Giamatti, Juliette Binoche and Samantha Morton are excellent, too.

Cosmopolis may not be as accessible as Cronenberg's films that more immediately preceded it, but it's a film with real substance to it, from a genuinely great director. The disc explores that, too, with the key extra feature being a documentary that goes into the making of Cosmopolis. Backed up by interviews with those involved, it's an involving piece, that digs deeper into an already-interesting film.

Whilst Cosmopolis isn't David Cronenberg at his very best, it's still an interesting, important and engaging piece of work. A film that comes strongly recommended. --Jon Foster --This text refers to the DVD edition.

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3.1 out of 5 stars

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By The Movie Guy TOP 100 REVIEWER on 10 May 2013
Format: DVD
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Corey S. Newcombe on 11 Nov 2014
Format: Blu-ray
Manhattan billionaires quest to get a haircut from his father's old barber complicated by the presidential motorcade, a gang of violent anarchists, and a funeral procession for a famous hip-hop star.

But the wealthy 28-year-old's vast fortune rests on the value of the yuan, which he continually monitors from the comfort of his stretch limo......

If you can get one positive from this movie, it's the fact that Pattinson can actually carry a film and won't be remembered as that guy from Twilight. He could have so easily chosen the Hollywood blockbuster path, but he chose the more risqué path, and to work with Cronenberg would be an actors dream.

Its a shame then that their first collaboration is this piece of pretentious tosh. Its hilarious when you read others comments on how intellectual the film is, and how one mustn't appreciate cinema if one doesn't get it.

Having read the original source, one realises that the story should be read, not viewed, this is why the film is incoherent, it's as if Pattinson is moving from one bizarre scene to the next, and if you haven't read the source, instead of seeing this again, read it how it was meant to be read.

Great performance from Pattinson, very poor film.

Watch Maps To The Stars instead....
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lola TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 15 Nov 2014
Format: DVD
Rarely I write one-star reviews, but "Cosmopolis" pushed my limits where I did not want them to be pushed. What a bore. And who would have thought the story of a young billionaire's (played by Robert Pattinson) life disintegrating just before your eyes while he rides around New York City in his limo could be so uninspiring. Short but enjoyable appearances by Samantha Morton, Paul Giamatti and Juliette Binoche could not save the film. There is a lot of deep and enigmatic dialogue, and yet I could not really grasp what anybody really tried to communicate?
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Mr. R. M. O'flanagan on 18 Oct 2012
Format: DVD
There is plenty to admire in this film, but I couldn't really describe it as an enjoyable experience to watch. Unlike other reviewers I though Pattinson seemed out of his depth - he looks pretty expressionless and his dialogue can be hard to hear at times - but he does suit the sickly palor that seems to be the norm throughout. Other performers make a better fist of their roles, particularly Giamatti.

I guess this is a film where you should probably read the book first. I didn't, but had read other Don Delilo books, so I wasn't expecting the nonsense that is the script. All the major characters spend their time making pseudo-intellectual observations about life, money, love, and the markets, which I quickly tired of. In some cases the conversations seem to be more like two seperate soliloquys with occasional pauses for breath. Samantha Morton's deranged rantings about the past, present, and future of the markets was a particular low, although to be fair the film begins to improve after this and the second half could almost be described as enjoyable as you at least get some plot worth following.

There is some humour in places, and the film looks fantastic throughout - the limo at times could be the control deck of a spaceship, and there is a cold sense of isolation and even claustrophobia - so full marks to Cronenberg in that respect. Even the sex scenes are curiously repulsive, like the characters are enduring rather than enjoying themselves.

But in no way could I actually recommend that anyone give up more than 90 minutes of their evening to watch this, because while the events unfold before you it is hard to feel gripped by them. I expected much more, and I think you probably will too.
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