Rating: 1 out of 5 stars
Words cannot possibly begin to describe my dislike for Cosmopolis, a bad film from somebody I consider to be a good director, David Cronenberg. I’ll try anyways. It’s an abstract, avante-garde waste of time, that begins slow and grinds painfully to a halt.
What is the point of Cosmopolis? Robert Pattinson channels his inner-vampire to play Eric Packer, a blood-sucker of a different breed: That of a young Wall Street billionaire. He simply wants to get across town to get a haircut. The fact that there is a riot in town and that the president’s motorcade is blocking his way seems to be only a minor inconvenience to him, and he is the least bit interested in anything going on around him.
The majority of the film takes place within the confines of his limo. A variety of people come in and out of it as he is parked in traffic. To say that Pattinson has co-stars would be over-stated. Other than Sarah Gadon’s character - a love-interest of some kind – most of the other actors appear only briefly on screen.
The film seems to have plenty to say about the current societal disconnect between the rich and the poor. Here, I guess, we are getting the cold and uncaring viewpoint from the top of the hill…life as a 1-percent-er. Too bad that every single line of dialogue in the film – regardless of whom is speaking – sounds as if they are reading lines out of a book. The unrealistic pattern of words and the barrage of pretentious social commentary became old within minutes, and unbearable soon after.
Cosmopolis thinks it is operating at an unreachable level of cool, but what it really is a pretentious, preachy load of crap. Look only to the ending for proof. Without giving it away (I’m sure you will be endlessly invested), the film can’t even deliver a pay-off. At least it is consistent in coming across as if it could give a you-know-what about its audience.
Cosmopolis breaks the barrier on bad. Needless to say I hated this film and I dare others to defend it. Usually I encourage everyone to see every movie, and then have an intelligent discussion. In the case of Cosmopolis, I’m doing you a solid: Avoid this film like the plague.
Run Time: 1 hour 49 minutes, Rated R
Starring: Robert Pattinson, Sarah Gadon, Paul Giamatti, Jay Baruchel, Juliette Binoche
Based on the novel by Dan DeLillo
Written & Directed by David Cronenberg (Scanners, The Fly, A History of Violence, Eastern Promises, A Dangerous Method)
Opens locally on Friday, September 14th, 2012
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