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"Even when you self destruct, you want to fail more, lose more",
This review is from: Cosmopolis [Blu-ray] (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. It is heavy on the dialogue, violent, dark, satirical, and sexy. It comes across as a little weird, slightly cerebral, the best parts are in the last 20-30 minutes, and I loved it. It maybe takes two viewing to get most of the dialogue and humour, intended or not. Probably one of the best David Cronenburg films since Crash.
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Initial post: 21 Mar 2013 21:30:09 GMT
M. Traynor says:
Very well written review, very clear, very thorough.... But perhaps too thorough? It's a bug bear of mine when reviews give too much of the plot away. When some find it helpful, others find it slightly annoying.....
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