Cosmopolis

BB

(out of 5)


David Cronenberg adapts Don DiLillo’s novel a little too faithfully in this listless drama about a corporate wunderkind () who runs his entire life from the back of his mammoth limousine. Even those unfamiliar with the novel will be perfectly aware of the screenplay’s origins, with its dialogue between characters coming off as literary text that is always discussing subjects without ever fleshing out their dramatic possibilities. Pattinson consults with various colleagues in his car, some professional and some physical, and they wax poetically on the state of the world today, but there are absolutely no stakes involved here: the ice never melts on a film whose beautiful photography reveals it to have nothing underneath. Pattinson embodies the role of accomplishment without substance extremely well except for a terrible habit of mumbling most of his dialogue (ironically, he yells at a character to speak loudly and clearly at one point). A terrific cast including and  is wasted in impenetrable roles, while  further descends into self-important douchebaggery with his concluding performance in the film’s most interminably unwatchable sequence. I prefer the great filmmaker’s oeuvre from the time when he felt compelled to entertain as well as enlighten.


Alfama Films, Prospero Pictures, Kinologic Films, France 2 Cinéma, Téléfilm Canada, Talandracas, France Télévisions, Canal+, Rai Cinema, Radiotelevisão Portuguesa, , The Harold Greenberg Fund, Jouror Productions, Leopardo Filmes

France/Canada/Portugal/Italy, 2012

Directed by

Screenplay by David Cronenberg, based on the novel by 

Cinematography by

Produced by ,

Music by

Production Design by

Costume Design by

Film Editing by

Film Festivals:  Cannes 2012


Cosmopolis

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