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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 (54 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 (54 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B008HDQPVK
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 16,282 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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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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New in original packaging, Free Delivery, Cosmopolis DVD - Robert Pattinson Juliette Binoche Sarah Gaon

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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful
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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45 of 57 people found the following review helpful
By Chia
Format:Blu-ray
Eric Packer is the young, brilliant, security paranoid, moneyed owner of Packer Capital who plays the money stock exchanges.

But today Packer wants a haircut, but not just any barber will do. It has to be the one he went to as a boy with his father, and it's across the other side of the city.

The film follows Eric's day as he crosses the city in a limo to get his hair cut. Along the way he picks up employees , conducts meetings , has laisons, attempts to buy the Rothko Chapel and has a medical - all whilst betting heavily on the money exchange. The city is in virtual gridlock due to the president and his entourage also travelling across the city, a burst water main, a funeral and a demonstration, all of which adds to the snarl up. During the course of the day he meets his wife at various places across the city mostly by coincidence, and he attempts to connect with her. Notably his wife manages to get across the city just fine, whilst Erics' attempt seems to fail with one situation arising after another.

As the day goes on, things get worse for Eric Packer, his paranoia about security increases, he becomes broke, his wife tells him they are over, and from then on his day just gets worse. Packer finally gets to the barbers, then he meets the man who wants to kill him.

This film is a verbal, slow burner with some very good cinematography and excellent performances from all the actors. Its notable that a majority of scenes within the film are first time takes in the film, accumulating in the final scene between Packer ( Robert Pattinson) and Benno (Paul Giamatti). An impressive performance from Robert Pattinson, as Packer whose life disintegrates during the course of the day.

The film is quite faithful to Don DeLillos' book.
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21 of 27 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Limo man 22 Jun 2012
By GlynLuke TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars What?
I bought the book (didn't read yet) because this movie is a puzzle, you have to watch more than once for sure, this edition has a making of that runs for 111 min!
Published 16 days ago by Raphael Matos
1.0 out of 5 stars Only watched 20 minutes
I didn't think Robert Pattinson could play a worse character than the one he did in Twilight but this film has topped it. Read more
Published 22 days ago by Mike
5.0 out of 5 stars Marmite
After reading the reviews I thought I would hate this. Curiosity got the better of me. I loved it, so glad I watched it. Made me think. Read more
Published 1 month ago by alaska
2.0 out of 5 stars some people will find it interesting
usually i'm incredibly patient with films but this one - i gave up watching after 10 minutes, i just knew it won't get any better. Read more
Published 1 month ago by kitti
5.0 out of 5 stars Most excellent
Difficult, demanding and will definitely not appeal to the majority of cinema-goers but if you love French, Spanish, Mexican, Korean, Japanese, Chinese, Australian or indeed most... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Red Nemesis Dog
1.0 out of 5 stars 2 hours of my life I wish I could get back
Pure and utter drivel. I hear the book is brilliant, but this movie adaptation delivers lifeless characters dishing out monotonous diatribes about what they think is an intelligent... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Kimberlina
5.0 out of 5 stars Stocking filler
My mum was bought this from my dad for xmas, she loves Robert pattinson so made an ideal gift. perfect value.
Published 5 months ago by audrey
1.0 out of 5 stars Cosmocrap
Cosmopolis is possibly one of the worse films I've seen in ages!! I really love Robert Pattinson so I was really disappointed to say the least!!
Published 5 months ago by carole teanby
5.0 out of 5 stars great film
This is a great film and good quality DVD. Fast delivery and a simple no hassle transaction which is always appreciated.
Published 5 months ago by Mrs Shena Mathers
1.0 out of 5 stars WTF...
i was bored 5 minutes in and it got progressively worse..

after 2 hours it finished, and i honestly has no idea what i'd just watched..
Published 6 months ago by Pharazon
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