"Cosmopolis" is a unique film to say the least.
David Cronenberg really set the bar pretty high with this one. It's a film packed with dense dialogue and uneasy chemistry between the characters which recreates the essence of Don DeLillo's novel '03 novel with the same name.
Robert Patterson stars as Eric Packer, a young billionaire that has a closer relationship with power and currency than everyday human interactions.
Let's take a closer look into Cronenberg's work, as we Unhinge "Cosmopolis". When you first begin to watch the film, one thing you will notice is how jarringly awkward the dialogue between the...
characters is. There are no smooth and easy to follow conversations which relates closely to how the book was scripted at the time of it's conception.
Cronenberg made it a point to not "dumb down" the intellect of the characters, but if you hang on you'll get a clearer sense of the film's direction. "Cosmopolis" in it's entirety is different from any of the film's we have covered thus far, here on Unhinged Reviews.
"Cosmopolis" is a movie about the manner in which the corruption of finance has impacted the world on different levels of wealth.
Eric, Patterson's character is obscenely rich and very much egocentric, he cannot see the world past his own hand. This character could possibly be a product of the times we now live in where young entrepreneurs are forming multi-million dollar businesses without having the foundation to mentally support it's weight.
Cronenberg feels that the book this movie is based on told of today's present in some way, even though it was published in 2003. Each of the characters in the film represent profiles of how some of the more financial wealthy people make their living. From theorists to artsy unlocked thinkers, tech heads and wall street geniuses this film covers a lot of ground.
One of the amazing components of this film is how it was shot. 90% of the film is inside of a limousine and this tight claustrophobic environment really prompted the actors to dig deeper for their on-screen delivery. If you listen to the behind the scenes commentary called "Citizens of Cosmopolis" you will get a better sense of how challenging this film was in it's creation.
I will admit that watching the 110 minute breakdown of the movie definitely changed my view of the film. This is not an easy movie to digest without peering into the mind of Cronenberg and hearing his thoughts on the direction of his film.
Going back a second time after watching the film and the commentary, I'm sure it would be a completely different experience, for the better I'm sure. "Cosmopolis" is one of those films that you have to experience for yourself, I believe that Cronenberg doesn't shy away from challenging the viewer nor his actors. It's not often that you can watch a movie in English and need a translator to understand it, well at least for me anyway.
I can't think of the last time that I enjoyed the behind the scene dialogue as much if not better than the original film. I would love to tell you about all the special effects and camera expertise that they had to implement during the recording of the film, but that's a review in itself.
So in short, I will say that "Cosmopolis" is a movie for thinkers, people who like a film that beckons to be watched again for further analysis. "Cosmopolis" was also my gateway into the world of Cronenberg's films, even though I did happen to see "Dead Ringers" on VHS several years back. No, I'm not ancient..lol I've just been enjoying movies for a while.
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