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  • Actors: Robert Pattinson, Juliette Binoche, Paul Giamatti, Samantha Morton, Mathieu Amalric
  • Directors: David Cronenberg
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Classification: To be announced
  • Studio: Entertainment One
  • Average Customer Review: 2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (97 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B008CMHC7W
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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 --This text refers to the Blu-ray edition.

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This faithful adaptation of Don De Lillo's Cosmopolis is not going to be everyone's cup of tea - for most, it's clearly poison. I mean, who needs an intellectual film about the self destructive nature of modern greed instead of CGI spaceships, monsters and superheroes? All of those weird and boring dialogues between the heart throb and the men and women he confronts on the way cross town to get a haircut? (Perhaps the funniest pun - 'getting a haircut' means losing money and accepting loss in banker's terms). The mix of sex and self destruction is too much for the average viewer, both boring and perverse - which is exactly perfect De Lillo territory.

This is an even less commercial film than eXistence - which it resembles slightly, so much French and Canadian money pumped in and not a drop of Hollywood. Our hero, Eric Packer, heads out into the near future rich, handsome, married and protected and ends up penniless, shot, humiliated and well... dead. It is cruel, funny, deadpan, ironic and a tad obvious. I mean, the rats - everywhere you see and hear about. OK Don, that's enough David - we get it.

But the trip, while heavy going at times, is more than worthwhile. The leads are very good, especially the swivel eyed Paul Giametti and Eric's crazed assassin to be.The script is literate though very difficult, and it is as enigmatic as the novel at times. Not perfect, then, but a hell of a lot lore intriguing than the average multi-plex. A for effort, B+ for execution.

Warning: you might hate it. I did not.
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By Adrian Drew TOP 500 REVIEWER on 7 Aug. 2014
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Not for everyone. If you enjoy Cronenber's first experimental films - Stereo - Crimes of the Future - etc - then you will find much to interest you in this higher budget return to his roots. However if the movies from Shivers onward - and particularly the later more commercial Cronenberg - with the exception of the Freud/Jung movie (!) are your sort of thing - keep well away from Cosmopolis. It's a curious and very uncommercial version of a complex novel which takes no hostages. I didn't really enjoy it - but I couldn't help admiring the directors's panache as well as his bravery in just "doing his thing' and showing he hasn't sold out to the Hollywood-style film making. That said its most favourable audience will be a small and very specialised one - so don't buy this beautifully transferred blu ray unless you know what your going to get...... It sure aint an easily view.... David Cronenberg is one of the most original and idiosyncratic 20th century directors. From the first he has pushed the boundaries of film-making and produced original and striking works - but works which at the same time are often uncomfortable, generally provocative, and always challenging. Cosmopolis is definitely one of these...
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There's nothing more patronising than armchair critics like me suggesting that if others don't like something then they just haven't "got" it - but perhaps a little preparation is needed before taking on Cosmopolis. I sure didn't think much of it first time around, especially given David Cronenberg's other, more accessible work. This is not conventional filmmaking, so one shouldn't expect it to provide the sorts of pleasures and answers that conventional films provide.

On the surface, this is a movie about a hyperwealthy upstart named Eric (Robert Pattinson) taking his limo across New York to get a haircut. On the way he converses coldly with various associates and advisers, as well as his wife, Elise (Sarah Gadon). Then there is a final showdown with his would-be assassin, heartbreakingly played by Paul Giamatti.

The simple story is the surface upon a deep thematic lake. Really, it is about humanity in the modern technological age. It poses questions about how, in a world where we've myriad means of communicating in virtual realms, we struggle to communicate face-to-face. Cosmopolis concludes that technology has distanced us from each other, and by extension our selves.

The film goes out of its way to alienate us. Over 100 minutes, there isn't much in the way of standard plotting. Characters come and go without "arcs". The protagonist is, for the most part, an apathetic entity. But gradually a trickle of humanity seeps through. It becomes apparent that Eric is returning to his past - his birth - and it inspires him to confront his death. The final confrontation is an explosion of emotion, made all the more moving by the heartless dialogues that preceded it.
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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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