Release: In cinemas now, Running: 108mins, Rated: MA
Starring: Robert Pattinson, Juliette Binoche, Paul Giamatti
This complex adaptation of a Don DeLillo novel can be summed up perfectly by a comment from star actor, Robert Pattinson. While on promotional duties for the film in Cannes, he admitted that he still didn’t know what Cosmopolis was about.
The narrative follows a day in the life of billionaire investment banker, Eric Packer (Pattinson) as he travels in his gadget-packed limousine across New York to get a haircut. Due to a Presidential visit and an anti-capitalist riot, traffic is crawling, so Packer’s bodyguard walks alongside the car and ushers various characters inside to do business with his villainous boss.
It is hard to think of Pattinson playing anything other than ‘wooden vampire’, so he does a fairly decent job of trying to break away from that typecasting with graphic sex scenes and random violent action. However, it’s not enough to entertain, the dialogue is extremely heavy and makes up about 90 per cent of the film. Sometimes it is so obscure that it is hard to follow what is happening and who exactly the people are that start to devolve his character and unravel his day.
There seems to be a deeper social message hidden by Director David Cronenberg in every Cosmopolis scene. If you can be bothered working for your entertainment, then go and see it in the cinema, you’ll probably need to go twice to get the hang of it.
Review originally featured in TNT Downunder Magazine. Would you go and see a not-so-sparkly Pattinson in this movie?