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Cosmopolis [DVD]

3.0 out of 5 stars 95 customer reviews

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  • Actors: Robert Pattinson, Juliette Binoche, Sarah Gaon, Paul Giamatti
  • Directors: David Cronenberg
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: Unknown
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Entertainment One
  • DVD Release Date: 12 Nov. 2012
  • Run Time: 109 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (95 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B008HDQPVK
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 52,014 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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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

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Format: Blu-ray
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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By Lola TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 15 Nov. 2014
Format: DVD
Rarely I write one-star reviews, but "Cosmopolis" pushed my limits where I did not want them to be pushed. What a bore. And who would have thought the story of a young billionaire's (played by Robert Pattinson) life disintegrating just before your eyes while he rides around New York City in his limo could be so uninspiring. Short but enjoyable appearances by Samantha Morton, Paul Giamatti and Juliette Binoche could not save the film. There is a lot of deep and enigmatic dialogue, and yet I could not really grasp what anybody really tried to communicate?
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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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By KaleHawkwood TOP 100 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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