Elements of Cronenberg

Robert Pattinson in Cosmopolis (2012)

Chaos is consuming New York as riots take place and Eric Parker (Robert Pattinson), from the safety of his luxury limo, watches as his world collapses whilst going to get a haircut. But as the day unravels and a visit from the President to Manhattan increases the chaos Eric starts to spot clues to an imminent assassination.

High concept, high art or high pile of crap! I will admit I have had a love hate relationship with the movies of David Cronenberg and tend to prefer his more commercially appealing movies than those which dare to be different when his creativity is liberally splashed everywhere. It is for that reason that "Cosmopolis" didn't work for me; not as entertainment or as art and found it a movie which constantly tested my ability to endure movies which to me seem more a pretentious statement of a director's creativity than a movie made for an audience.

As such I am not going to waste my time or yours trying to justify my dislike of "Cosmopolis", anyone who enjoys movies will already be aware how David Cronenberg can split audiences. What I am going to say is that "Cosmopolis" comes across like characters who are blocks of dialogue who inhabit an area, these characters say what is on their mind and other characters fit in around them but they do not communicate, they make statements, pretentious statements. It is at times like a verbal disco as these actors say their lines, others say their lines around them but each person is doing their own thing with only occasionally coming close to another to grind with them, yes we have sex scene in this movie so grinding is not a bad choice of words.

Anyway, what this all boils down to is that "Cosmopolis" didn't do it for me and it came across as a movie of elements; the sets are elements, the characters are elements, the dialogue is also an element and all these elements work, they just don't work together.

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