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Cosmopolis [DVD]

Robert Pattinson , Juliette Binoche , David Cronenberg    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (66 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Robert Pattinson, Juliette Binoche, Sarah Gaon, Paul Giamatti
  • Directors: David Cronenberg
  • Format: PAL
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Entertainment One
  • DVD Release Date: 12 Nov 2012
  • Run Time: 109 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (66 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 9,014 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



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

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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars THE URGE TO DESTROY IS A CREATIVE URGE 10 May 2013
By The Movie Guy TOP 500 REVIEWER
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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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful
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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3.0 out of 5 stars For a certain audience only.... 7 Aug 2014
By Adrian Drew TOP 500 REVIEWER
Not for everyone. If you enjoy Cronenber's first experimental films - Stereo - Crimes of the Future - etc - then you will find much to interest you in this higher budget return to his roots. However if the movies from Shivers onward - and particularly the later more commercial Cronenberg - with the exception of the Freud/Jung movie (!) are your sort of thing - keep well away from Cosmopolis. It's a curious and very uncommercial version of a complex novel which takes no hostages. I didn't really enjoy it - but I couldn't help admiring the directors's panache as well as his bravery in just "doing his thing' and showing he hasn't sold out to the Hollywood-style film making. That said its most favourable audience will be a small and very specialised one - so don't buy this beautifully transferred blu ray unless you know what your going to get...... It sure aint an easily view.... David Cronenberg is one of the most original and idiosyncratic 20th century directors. From the first he has pushed the boundaries of film-making and produced original and striking works - but works which at the same time are often uncomfortable, generally provocative, and always challenging. Cosmopolis is definitely one of these...
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4.0 out of 5 stars Limo man 22 Jun 2012
By GlynLuke TOP 500 REVIEWER
The previous reviewer, and Amazon`s own rundown above, will eloquently tell you the plot of this latest film by Cronenburg - surely one of America`s two or three best contemporary directors now - so I will simply give a personal response to what is a unique and impressive piece of work.
The opening shot is perfect: the radiator grill of an implausibly long white stretch limo, its metal bars like bared teeth. We sense we are in for as bumpy a ride as the smoothness of a limo will allow.
I had never seen Robert Pattinson before (really!) so his central performance as financial whizz-kid billionaire Eric was a pleasant surprise, his American accent pretty much faultless, and his assumption of the role of a 28 year-old washed-out capitalist beautifully realised. Cronenburg is no fool, and Pattinson`s `vampiric` past must have weighed in the balance as much as his box office value. He doesn`t disappoint, with his pasty pallor and weary eyes, though his diction is occasionally as blurry as his jaded gaze. In fact, one or two of the actors could have done with articualting their words more clearly. This is no mere pedantry since the movie depends on its precise, word-heavy script, each word there for a reason, so each word must count. Oddly enough, two who do speak, as well as act, with a lucidity that is pitch-perfect, are the brilliant British actress Samantha Morton and French legend Juliette Binoche, who play two `visitors` to his luxurious stretch limo as it inches its ominous way through the troubled streets of a faintly dystopian New York, a car in which Eric is insulated by its cork-lined, bullet-proof walls and windows.
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1.0 out of 5 stars dont bother
dreadful,slow with very little story
Published 17 days ago by RTB
5.0 out of 5 stars well, anything with robert pattinson in it is worth ...
well, anything with robert pattinson in it is worth watching, he seems to be able to play any role so convincingly.this is a bit wackey but well worth a watch.
Published 25 days ago by daphne young
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Published 1 month ago by Nadia Rashid
4.0 out of 5 stars I liked it!
I really liked this film. For me it was an interesting film that really made you think about corporates and multinationals and their billions, along side the rest of us who are... Read more
Published 2 months ago by amanda bell
1.0 out of 5 stars Snore!
Started off bad and just got worse, he couldn't act in twilight and he cant act here utterly fails to hold your attention or make you care.
Published 2 months ago by Mr. S. J. Roberts
4.0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly good.
Having read other reviews wasn't sure what to expect, but I enjoyed it; thought Robert Pattinson was surprisingly good. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
2.0 out of 5 stars Painfully tiring to watch
Only watched it coz it was online instant. The film is mostly conversations between the lead character (essentially a financial ratbag) and people around him in the limo or on the... Read more
Published 3 months ago by A. Mcfadyean
5.0 out of 5 stars Great film
As a woman that hates chick flicks with a passion, this is so non girly and totally unlike Twilight (that in itself should make it brilliant) I love it. Read more
Published 3 months ago by sarahhaynes
1.0 out of 5 stars zero rating for this one!!
What can I say? When the cinema started emptying out within half an hour into, movies, I thought 'give it a minute, people are making very hasty decisions. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
2.0 out of 5 stars not enjoyable at all
I bought this because I usually like crononbergs work like eastern promises and a history of violence but I just could not enjoy this movie no matter how hard I tryed . Read more
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