Cosmopolis (dir. David Cronenberg)

Synopsis: Riding across Manhattan in a stretch limo in order to get a haircut, a 28-year-old billionaire asset manager’s day devolves into an odyssey with a cast of characters that start to tear his world apart.

Release Date: Unknown

The Return of Cronenberg: The director of the film, David Cronenberg has been glorified as being one of the few directors who can go beyond the normal limitations of cinema. His films are known to be dark, psychologically intertwined and tend to blend elements of horror/science fiction. His most notable film that falls into this category is The Fly which was released in 1986 and stars Jeff Goldblum.  However in recent years, his fans haven’t been tolerating his turn to mainstream cinema.

This was taken from an interview in THE GUARDIAN:

“Legions of horror fans have expressed dismay, even anger, at Cronenberg’s apparent desertion of the special effects-heavy stomach-churners with which he made his name. Cronenberg, they argue, has sold out, moving into the mainstream with films such as A History of Violence and Eastern Promises…”

Blah, blah, blah, “He’s a fucking sellout! He’s lost his style!”. Well, there’s no need to worry because I believe this film will show a return to Cronenberg’s dark, psychological style and I believe that is what Cronenberg does best. So I think were in for a treat, as we haven’t seen Cronenberg supply us with his typical eyebrow raising scenes and WTF moments in quite some time – I.e, seeing Robert Pattinson take a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the palm.

Adapting Don DeLillo’s “Cosmopolis”: The book that this film is adapted from is intended to show the pre-9/11 culture as a “spectacular downfall”. Since there is violence, sexual taboo, financial greed, corruption and odd adventures/characters, this seems like the perfect project for Cronenberg to tackle. His adapted screenplay and direction will compliment the book nicely.

Robert Pattinson? Huh?: Pattionson replaced Colin Farrell, who was originally cast. But I’m not too worried. Don’t let the Twilight kid make you not want to see this film. I’ve watched a few clips and his acting seems to be on pair with the dark narrative. I hope this is the post-Twilight Pattionson trying to eliminate his vampire, heartthrob image. From what I’ve heard/seen, the self-inflicted gunshot wound to the hand, car pissings, and eye stabbings will help get rid of any Pattinson hate that is lingering around.

Extra: Cosmopolis has been selected to compete for the Palme d’Or at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival.  As of now, the release date is unknown. Hopefully it’ll be out by the end of the summer…


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