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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.)
  • Aspect Ratio: Unknown
  • 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 (86 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B008HDQPVK
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 19,915 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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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

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3.1 out of 5 stars

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Corey 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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4 of 4 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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 3 May 2014
Format: Amazon Instant Video
What can I say? When the cinema started emptying out within half an hour into the....er, movies, I thought 'give it a minute, people are making very hasty decisions.
I held on for as long as I could until reality hit me squarely in the face,

This film was THE PITS!!!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Rodj71 on 26 Jan. 2015
Format: DVD
Hmmm, Cosmopolis... watched it tonight, rented it on DVD, had been on the list for some time... Well I don't mind things a little arty, alternative and weird sometimes, I'm a big David Lynch fan, but this one just was just all style and no substance, and ultimately that was its undoing. Almost incomprehensible dialogue (and very quiet, thank goodness for subtitles), I came to the conclusion that what was being said and acted out were stream of consciousness-like thoughts, all the stuff that normally goes unspoken and we get glimpses of reading between the lines but can never really be 100% certain about. Either that or that perhaps all the people in it were different aspects of the main character's mind / personality... This intrigued me a little at first, but the the slow pacing and lack of any substance started sending me off to sleep, try as I might to stay awake! It definitely had a kind of smug 'pleased its being so clever with itself' vibe going on, but the viewer wasn't deemed worthy enough to be allowed in on the amusement. Anyway... apparently the book is much better and nothing at all like the film, so maybe some day I might give it a read.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By THE MOVIE GUY 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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This is a dreadful, dreadful film. I have an English degree; I've studied Delillo. Although I can't always claim to understand everything, I enjoyed White Noise. I've tried some of his other books and haven't really enjoyed them as much, with the exception of The Body Artist. I can't help but think, though, that mr Delillo doesn't know what he is talking about. I didn't think much of the novel upon which this movie was based. I'd heard bad things about the adaptation, but I was bored one day and picked it up for a few quid. I can safely say that is one of the worst films I have seen since Flubber. In fact, Flubber might be a bit better. I'm no expert on cinema, but I do have a film studies a-level, so I know what a good film looks like.

The acting is terrible (even that Paul Giamatti couldn't save it), the dialogue is impenetrable and unnatural (if it's done intentionally, it doesn't work), the plotting is haphazard and barely non-existant (with some scenes given too much weight and others not enough), the lighting is bad, and the scenes are badly shot. If I was the author I would be embarrassed to put my name to it. It might explain why his name is nowhere to be seen on the cover. I'm sure that mr Delillo has something very clever to say that I don't understand, but whatever it was it is lost here. People come and go without motive or warning on cue like a bad stage play. The whole film reeks of amateurishness. It's almost camp in the disparity between its serious earnestness and its execution. If it's meant to be intentionally highly artificial it failed abysmally.

There is one point in the movie where the lead sleeps with a prostitute. Ambiguously he asks her how she can do it. She answers with something along the lines of being paid a lot of money.
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