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cosmopolis2012

Genre: Drama

Directed By: David Cronenberg

Starring: Robert Pattinson, Paul Giamatti, Kevin Durand, Juliette Binoche

A man takes a long chauffeur driven ride through the city, whilst the economy and his company goes down the drain. Along the way he meets a number of characters, from a 22 year old tech genius, a theoretical economist and a disaffected former worker who wants to assassinate him. This is all set against the backdrop of a social melt down. With Robert Pattinson, Juliette Binoche and Paul Giamatti.

You know you’ve seen a bad film when you’re sitting in a cinema and you hear someone say “I am so sorry for taking you to see this!”. Add to this some bursts of laughter at the wrong times and you have a recipe for disaster. That’s not to say there were not some interesting points made during the numerous weighty discussions between R-Patts and numerous intellectual types (all suffering from a severe case of verbal diarrhoea). One point made was how capitalism has alienated people from society, time, space and themselves. Also on the agenda was how technology has dissolved our humanity and how money has become meaningless in a world of billionaires spending insane amounts of cash.

However all this did not distract from the fact that this film had a pretentiousness level of warp factor ten. This is illustrated by statements that went along the lines of:

*You’re not cut out for Judeo-Christian jogging.
*Listen to the voice of the fungus.
*You should of listened to the voice of your prostate …etc.

I also found myself having to wade through a number of pointless dialogues that drowned out some of the more interesting points (do I really want to hear about the various places that cabbies urinate?). So apart from a surprisingly expressive performance from R-Patts, a good shock towards the end and a few interesting chats, I’d say give it a miss.

★★

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