Tuesday, April 23, 2013
Cosmopolis by David Cronenberg, 2012 (R)
with Robert Pattinson (Twilight, Twilight New Moon, Bel Ami) Juliette Binoche (Breaking and Entering, Chocolat, Certified Copy, Paris, Paris Je T'aime), Samantha Morton (The Messenger), Paul Giamatti (Duplicity, Barney's Version, Deconstructing Harry), Sarah Gadon (A Dangerous Method), Mathieu Amalric (Le Scaphandre et Le Papillon, Un Conte De Noel), Jay Baruchel (How To Train A Dragon), Kevin Durand, K'Naan, Emily Hampshire (Snow Cake)
Wall Street whiz Eric Packer is caught in Manhattan's gridlock as he helplessly watches his empire fall with the rise of the Chinese yuan. Activity erupts in the streets, and paranoia sets in as Packer links the clues to his imminent assassination.
Very strange slow-pasted intellectual movie, intellectual to a certain point where we fall to the pretentious side, where quotes follow quotes. The violence is silent, brief, insinuating, distant. The timing and perfection of the aesthetic is interesting but most of the time, you feel that you have been fed from a dictionary without particularly meaningful order, an fakeness that make us disconnect. In a way, the only artificiality that is the most pushed is his relationship with his new wife, and the way it evolves and the conclusion of it is in such artificiality it summarizes his emptiness and somehow the lack of meaning of our society. The final could have been spectacular, but it is so theatrical and full of the emotion the whole movie lacks of it feels unreal. Paradoxically. But definitely a movie that made me think. And to mention the best performances, Samantha Morton and Emily Hampshire are amazing, and Sarah Gadon in all her coldness a good surprise.