Looking to see some of that Robert Pattinson tousled hair and pursed lips in his new movie Cosmopolis? Well there’s plenty of that and an uber strange prostrate exam he acts out while his character, Eric Packer addresses his concerns over the stock market, which all takes place in a limo!  While this may strike you as strange, it’s just what the brilliant and bizarre director David Cronenberg (A History of Violence ) requires of RPat in this off-setting and mind-perplexing movie.

The film is based on the novel by Don DeLillo, with Pattinson playing a 28 year old financial whiz kid with billions of dollars in assets in motion with the stock exchange. Detached, separated, and perhaps disenfranchised by society in a complicated mix-up of what is perception and reality; RPat’s character steps into his fortified stretch-limo, one of many set pieces used as symbols to represent the degradation of society from technology and perhaps the separation of the rich and the poor) for a cross city adventure with an end game that finds him face to face with a would-be killer, played by Paul Giamatti.

Sure enough RPat is more than a handsome face, the guy can act. He was wonderful in Remember Me, and Water for Elephants. The heart-throb status he incurred from his role as Edward Cullen in the Twilight films might have launched him to stardom but his eclectic and eccentric requirements he endures in Cosmopolis grants him more credentialed screen-time with gravitas, but his “die-hard/ Twi-hard” fans are going to be dismayed and shocked at his role in Cosmopolis. It’s also a smart move on his part to take the role. Distancing himself from Twilight at this point in his career by taking this role (however strange) will broaden his appeal for future projects regardless of fans not appreciating this particular film. They (if they go) will be disappointed but will then see him one last time in Breaking Dawn Pt 2 and all will be forgiven, while his overall resume will include this unusual gem.

Cosmopolis is an art house film, as well as a study in pop-art visual symbolism. It’s not a love-story. It doesn’t have any special effect action scenes, nor mind-blowing explosions. It does have some bizarre scenes including a prostrate exam in a limo which still makes no sense to me. I’m sure there was a symbolic purpose to it but I didn’t go to the film looking for a challenge.

RPat fans going to moon over him are going to be shocked, disappointed, and dismayed with the film even though RPat has more opportunity to actually perform outside of the norm than any other role he has taken to date.

Even so, fans will not appreciate it and many critics still can’t get over Twilight.

I’m prediciting that it will be reminiscent of what happened when fans of Hugh Jackman and Rachel Weisz went to see Darren Aronofsky‘s The Fountain. I loved that movie, but the general movie going audience that loved Jackman in other films just couldn’t get the beauty or what Aronofsky’s was saying with his film.

The extra brain power I had to devote to the film wasn’t rewarded with great insight to the perils of humanity and our dependence on material things, the urge to be wealthy, nor any of the other topics Cronenberg attempts to tackle.

What it does have is a fantastic performance from Paul Giamatti who may be able to capture a Best Actor Nomination from the Academy Awards, certainly he will get a nod from SAG.
Robert Pattinson delivers a strong performance under the confines that were induced upon him with script, setting (mostly in the limo), and what must have been rigorous rules to his performance from the director.

This film gets a flat C.

R, 1 hr. 48 min.

Science Fiction & Fantasy

David Cronenberg

David Cronenberg, Don DeLillo




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