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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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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1 of 1 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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13 of 16 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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46 of 58 people found the following review helpful By Chia on 19 Jun 2012
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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