Nine Clips From David Cronenberg’s Robert Pattinson-Starring ‘Cosmopolis’
With the film released in UK cinemas on Friday, Entertainment One has made available these nine clips from David Cronenberg’s latest film, ‘Cosmopolis.’ The clips provide us with some great looks at the films key players in Robert Pattinson’s Eric Packer, Paul Giamatti’s Benno, Kevin Durand’s Torval, Sarah Gadon’s Elise, Emily Hampshire’s Jane, Mathieu Amalric’s Andre Petrescu, Philip Nozuka’s Michael, Juliette Binoche’s Didi, and Jay Baruchel’s Shiner. As a massive Cronenberg fan, I’ve been keeping a keen eye on this film. The story is set in the “not-too-distant-future,” the age of capitalism is drawing to a close and Eric Packer (Robert Pattinson), a high finance golden boy is chauffeured across the city in his extravagant limousine to get a haircut. A visit from the President of the United States paralyses Manhattan and as the day goes by, an eruption of wild activity unfolds on the city’s streets. Eric watches helplessly as his empire collapses and as his paranoia intensifies during the 24-hour period, he starts to piece together clues that lead him to a most terrifying secret: his imminent assassination. Based on Don DeLillo’s novel of the same name, ‘Cosmopolis’ stars Robert Pattinson, Jay Baruchel, Samantha Morton, Juliette Binoche, Emily Hampshire, Paul Giamatti, Philip Nozuka, Mathieu Amalric, K’Naan, Kevin Durand, and Sarah Gadon. ’Cosmopolis’ arrives in cinemas June 15th August 17th in the US. You can out my interview with Robert Pattinson for the film here.
New York City, not-too-distant-future: Eric Packer (Robert Pattinson), a 28 year-old finance golden boy dreaming of living in a civilization ahead of this one, watches a dark shadow cast over the firmament of the Wall Street galaxy, of which he is the uncontested king. As he is chauffeured across midtown Manhattan to get a haircut at his father’s old barber, his anxious eyes are glued to the yuan’s exchange rate: it is mounting against all expectations, destroying Eric’s bet against it. Eric Packer is losing his empire with every tick of the clock. Meanwhile, an eruption of wild activity unfolds in the city’s streets. Petrified as the threats of the real world infringe upon his cloud of virtual convictions, his paranoia intensifies during the course of his 24-hour cross-town odyssey.
Packer starts to piece together clues that lead him to a most terrifying secret: his imminent assassination.
Cronenberg revisits subjects that fascinate him: how the organic and the psychological are inextricably intertwined, society’s anxieties and phobias, and letting repressed impulses and paranoia run wild. COSMOPOLIS is a culmination of his masterpieces that addresses the alarming global financial crisis of today’s world.
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