Cannes Movie Review: COSMOPOLIS

Robert Pattinson in "Cosmopolis"

Robert Pattinson in “Cosmopolis”

Written and Directed by: David Cronenberg
Starring: Robert Pattinson, Juliette Binoche, Paul Giamatti

With robotic rhythms and dialogue that seems more fit for a didactic stage play than a film, we have to wonder what compelled filmmaker David Cronenberg to adapt yet one more greed-is-bad Wall Street saga to the screen. Between slick features (Oliver Stone’s Wall Street times two, Margin Call, Arbitrage (debuted at Sundance 2012, scheduled for release this fall), as well as more documentaries than a burgeoning piggy bank, do we really need another look at the self-entitled one percent? With speeches taken word for word from the sterile, 2003 Don DeLillo tome of the same name, Cosmopolis dares us to enjoy its 108-minute crawl across a congested Manhattan, one solipsist syllable at a time. 

We might enjoy a carjacking more.

Opening with a solitary line quoted on-screen, “A rat became the unit of currency,” we meet 28-year-old billionaire asset manager Eric Packer (Robert Pattinson), who commands his kingdom from an ersatz throne that’s cushioned into a blindingly white stretch limousine. Referencing the fact that Marcel Proust lined his chambers with cork to keep external noise at bay, Packer similarly “prousts” his limo, hoping to shield himself against the noise pollution of New York City. But even he can’t completely ignore the raging armies of protestors who will eventually attack his office on wheels, tagging it with graffiti as he continues to travel across town via 47th Street, insistent on getting a haircut at one particular barber shop.

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