Cosmopolis is a failure of form. There are complex ideas being played with that in moments are displayed cinematically, the whole section with Samantha Morton is absolutely stunning but the rest of the film isn’t developed as a cinematic experience at the level of the ideas that Cronenberg is exploring through the conversations, thus conversations always feel alien and disconnected.
There may be more technically proficient movies out there, but there isn't a single other film that said more about the 21st century than this one. Cosmopolis may not be a horror film, but in hindsight, it is now David Cronenberg's most upsetting work, simply because it's the one that came true, the one that reached cyber-capitalism's current ideal of transhumanism. We are now this vampire feeding on information.
Liked this quite a bit more the second time around. Pattinson and Giamatti are both great even if the latter's role is somewhat limited. This time I was also quite interested in the dialogue. Even though the film is a bit weak when it comes to plot the writing and performances were enough to keep me interested throughout. 3.5/5
The free-thinking narrative and society of blunt and verbose characters certainly isn't new, but works spectacularly well as there are many interesting obversations and intellectual commentaries which will take another viewing to really grasp. Pattinson suits the role well and I enjoyed the whole spin on how an unexpected failure can lead to such catastrophic perspective.
It's a radical centrist opinion. Yes, Capitalists can be awful, soulless people. But those who object to them can be irrational, jealous and irresponsible. That becomes very clear by the finale. I agree the first two-thirds are more interesting as a continuous dialogue. The final third must have been better in DeLillo's head.
A hard film to sit through as we follow a leading character that has become so robotic and obsessed with technology and money that even sex makes him emotionless and is only there as a distraction. He only obsesses about his wife because she reads "old books" and don't give him what he wants. The film point a finger against Capitalism and the people in it but the movie never manage to give true depth to it.
Re-rating. Cronenberg's DeLillo prescient adaptation depicts how the clinical intelligence of neoliberal fundamentalism leads to dystopia. In contrast to Ellis' 'American Psycho', the focus is less on the metaphorical violence of the system and more on how it breeds solipsistic disconnection. 'Cosmopolis' is an indictment on these times, identifying how the minutiae of pattern recognition forgets the asymmetrical.
The premise of the film is intriguing and reminded me of The Swimmer in its economy of setting, metaphorical and physical journey and sense of inevitable demise...but I struggle with Cronenberg. He doesn’t make engaging films. It dragged on forever with tedious long-winded and meaningless dialogues and an ending which disappeared up its psycho babbling ass. Or maybe that was the point. Anyway it didn’t do it for me.
This is a strech-limo ride meandering to nowhere... and during this everything & nothing happens. It's a convoluted tale about the excesses of human psyche & capitalism. The dialogues are chewy & difficult to digest. Cronenberg is trapped in his sterile intellectualism and Cosmopolis quickly becomes repetitive & tiresome and boring like hell.
It might be during the scene where Robert Pattinson hugs, weeping, the big, "retro-nigger" (sic) credited as "Kosmo Thomas" regarding the death of the "Sufi rap star" "Brother Fez"(a "dissapointing" "let-down" of a natural heart failure)- whose music Pattinson has in his "elevator" - that Cosmopolis, (an Oliveirian movie from another dimension?), makes its case against Mulholland Drive being the 21st century film.