Coming to DVD January 1st, 2013 from director/writer David Cronenberg. Alfama Films and Entertainment One comes the complexity of COSMOPOLIS.
This film tells the story of Eric Packer (Robert Pattinson), a twenty-eight year old billionaire riding around Manhattan in a stretch limo. He orders driver Torval (Kevin Durand) to take him across town for a haircut while keeping up with the world order with the high technology surrounding him in the car.
He also sexually entertains in the stretch with Didi Fancher (Juliette Binoche) much to the dismay of his wife Elsie (Sarah Gadon) whom he runs into all over town. Torval also tells Eric that there is a credible threat against his life.
During the drive around town Eric meets and talks to people that slowly tear away all that he believes. With the yuan falling, the bet he made is taking every one of Eric’s dollars with it and the streets succumbing to chaos.
He is constantly tested, questioned and eventually must come to terms with his actions against even those he doesn’t know.
FINAL WORD: Pattinson certainly puts his all in the character of Erik. There is such a wide range of emotion and reaction – and its nice to see that Pattinson has them all. Portraying this character we are watching a man playing with fire. One cast member after another goes up against Pattinson and each time he wins.
Binoche as Didi gets a chance to take a roll with Pattinson’s character and Gadon, as wife Elise is stiff, unemotional and expressionless yet grand to watch. Durand as Torval the driver knows his job but not his boss.
Giamatti is always my favorite and continues to show his talent. He doesn’t put everything out on the table with this character yet every word he says takes us deeper and deeper into the guts of Benno.
Other cast include: Mathieu Amalric as Andre, K’Naan as Brother Fez, Emily Hampshire as Jan, Samantha Morton as Vija Kinsky, Philip Nozuka as Michael Chin, Abdul Ayoola as Ibrahim Hamadou, Maria Juan Garcias as Nina Brooks and Paul Giamatti as Benno Levin.
TUBS OF POPCORN: I give COSMPOLIS three tubs of popcorn out of five. This is a strange, intense, funny, bizarre film but – it’s Cronenberg and that almost says it all. Taken from the novel by Don DeLillo I am tempted now to read how literal the director takes the authors words.
This director isn’t afraid to take on controversial films and if you don’t believe that check out A DANGEROUS METHOD, A HISTORY OF VIOLENCE, CRASH, DEAD RINGERS and VIDEODROME just for starters.
The DVD includes the bonus of Citizens of Cosmopolis featurette, Audio Commentary with David Cronenberg and Interviews with the cast and crew.
In the end – it’s the ride of his life.
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