This week sees the UK cinema release of David Cronenberg’s adaptation of Don DeLillo’s 2003 novel Cosmopolis. The film premiered at Cannes last month and has been buffeted by a mixed critical reception, but certainly the prospect of Robert Pattinson teaming up with a director of Cronenberg’s sensibility is intriguing.
DeLillo’s work have not often been the subject of film adaptations, with Barry Sonnenfeld’s take on the author’s incedniary 1985 novel White Noise has stalled, just as the adaptation of End Zone which a few years ago had Josh Harnett signed up to lead the film.
Following A Dangerous Method and the double whammy of Eastern Promises and A History of Voilence we return to Cronenberg’s character led spirals in and out of chaos and the near future pandemonium of Cosmopolis is fertile ground for the director’s spotlight and is the perfect juncture for the popular actor to step out of the shadows of Twilight.
Cosmopolis is released in the UK on the 15th of June.
28-year-old financial wizard and billionaire Eric Packer traverses Manhattan in his stretch limo. His goal: a haircut at Anthony’s, his father’s old barber.
But on this day his driver has to navigate a presidential visit, an attack by anarchists and a rapper’s funeral. Stuck in traffic, he anxiously monitors the value of the yen on the limo’s computer.
“Pattinson totally kills the role. He’s dismissive and elitist, yet also dripping with charisma and downright swagger.”
“The joy for me is middle of the night, on the street, with your actors, nobody else around.”
The UK trailer
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The UK poster
Cosmopolis poster and image galleries
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- Interview with DeLillo on Cosmopolis, 9/11 and the age of terror – L.A. Times
- John Updike reviews Cosmopolis – The New Yorker
- Video of Q&A following a screening of the film in Toronto
- A couple of fun fan made movie posters – Cosmopolis Film.com