Whenever a new film by visionary director David Cronenberg is released it’s a must-see. No matter what subject he decides to take on. No matter what the critics say. No matter whom he carefully chooses to cast. There’s no real debate among cinephiles about whether or not to go see a Cronenberg film, the only question is when.
Over the past decade Cronenberg, who solidified himself as a cinematic artist of the highest order in the 80s and 90s with such mind-bending fare as VIDEODROME, THE FLY and DEAD RINGERS, has remained active instead of complacent and the results on screen have been some of the best work. The most impressive of his recent efforts are A HISTORY OF VIOLENCE and EASTERN PROMISES, both of which belong in the upper tier of his illustrious career. Last year’s psychoanalytic history lesson/kinky sex drama A DANGEROUS METHOD was a somewhat different turn for the director. While for most it didn’t reach the heights of his previous films it was nonetheless interesting and well-crafted, which is something most directors strive for and never attain.
Now Cronenberg has adapted Don DeLillo’s 2003 novel COSMOPOLIS for the big screen. The film, which opens 8/24 at South Lamar, has a simple plot: a wealthy young money manager, Eric (Robert Pattinson without his usual vampire glitter) drives through Manhattan in his limo in order to get a haircut. The trip is interrupted and delayed multiple times, each small event giving us a deeper look into the broken soul of this 28-year old billionaire.
Like most of Cronenberg’s later films COSMOPOLIS has a very distinct European sensibility and style. In other words, the film is more focused on character and tone than on plot. The latter is important, but for Cronenberg the journey has always been a way to showcase his characters and their internal struggles. It also has his trademark Cronenberg themes self destruction and violence as well as darkly comedic satire.
The task of carrying such a film is a heavy one and you wouldn’t necessarily think of Robert Pattinson as a first, second, third, or even fifteenth choice for such an undertaking. You would be wrong. This should be the beginning of a new chapter in the young actor’s career as his work in COSMOPOLIS has been described as “incendiary” (Rolling Stone) and “quietly marvelous” (Movieline). Cronenberg also surrounds his lead actor with first class talent Juliette Binoche, Paul Giamatti, and Samantha Morton.
If you love movies then prove it by seeing David Cronenberg’s audacious, mesmerizing, and ambitious COSMOPOLIS. (R.J. LaForce)
Here's what critics are saying:
"Cronenberg has made an eccentric and beautiful-looking movie...dreamy and funny in an off-centered way...[Cronenberg's] style of filmmaking is classically measured and calm, without an extra shot or cut." -David Denby, The New Yorker
"This mesmerizing mind-bender ought to prove two things: (1) Robert Pattinson really can act; (2) Director David Cronenberg never runs from a challenge." -Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
"Marks Mr. Cronenberg's return to a more characteristic weirdness. Conventional it is not. Engrossing it is." -John Anderson, The Wall Street Journal