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Cosmopolis 2012

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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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
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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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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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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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