Cosmopolis 2012

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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. As the day goes by, an eruption of wild activity unfolds on the city's streets. Eric's empire collapses and as his paranoia intensifies he starts to realize his assassination is imminent.

Starring:
Robert Pattinson, Jay Baruchel
Runtime:
1 hour 44 minutes

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Cosmopolis

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Product Details

Genres Drama
Director David Cronenberg
Starring Robert Pattinson, Jay Baruchel
Supporting actors Kevin Durand, Paul Giamatti, Juliette Binoche, Samantha Morton
Studio Entertainment One
BBFC rating Suitable for 15 years and over
Rental rights 48 hour viewing period. Details
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Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By The Movie Guy TOP 500 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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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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By A. Watts on 14 Sep 2014
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
I liked the concept of the film, a corporate rat gets his just deserts, but I hated this film. The scenes were static, set mostly in a car with different characters jumping in. Each scene was unbelievably long and tedious, with reams and reams of dialogue which just doesn't work on screen. The characters were cold and unlikable, delivering their lines in a monotone style which was not funny or amusing or witty (although they seem to think it is) and their delivery is flat. The sex scenes are gratuitous and cringworthy (especially the one with Binoche). I can't believe this was made by an acclaimed film director as it is just not cinematic. I don't know who would see this movie apart from maybe film critics and film students. I know Robert Pattinson can act as I have seen him in other roles which he has handled well, but you wouldn't know it from this as he is strangely cold and emotionless (apart from right at the end, and by that time I didn't care). This went straight in the bin.
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24 of 30 people found the following review helpful By GlynLuke TOP 500 REVIEWER on 22 Jun 2012
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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