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Watch: U.S. Trailer For David Cronenberg's 'Cosmopolis'

by Edward Davis
July 12, 2012 10:24 AM
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Cosmopolis Robert Pattinson

David Cronenberg's "Cosmopolis" appears to be a curious film. It's certainly not a summer tentpole, but the picture is nonetheless being released in early August, the week after "The Bourne Legacy" hits theaters. Counter-programming, or does everyone just have faith in the drawing power of its lead, Robert Pattinson?

And while "Cosmopolis" was in competition at the Cannes Film Festival earlier this year, reaction to the film was decidedly mixed. Our own contributor Simon Abrams gave the film a near rave review, one of the most positive critiques we'd seen. So that's promising. But other Playlisters have seen the film, and their thoughts are decidedly more critical. Where will this film land for you? Well, a new U.S. Trailer may help you decide, but to be fair, it's not drastically different from the various international trailers we've seen, though this new one seems to feature a lot more Jay Baruchel.

Co-starring Paul Giamatti, Sarah Gadon, Juliette Binoche, Mathieu Amalric and Kevin Durand, "Cosmopolis" is an adaptation of Don DeLillo's novel and centers on a Wall Street whiz kid (Pattinson) whose world begins to crumble as the stock market begins to crash during an epic limo ride across Manhattan. While Occupy Wall Street seems to be a big theme in the film, Cronenberg told The Playlist during Cannes that the film was written and conceived before OWS, and its prophetic nature was a happy "coincidence."

"Cosmopolis" hits theaters on August 17th in limited release. Watch the trailer below.

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  • lenij | July 13, 2012 5:52 AMReply

    I liked the earlier versions of this trailer. This one feels like it was pretending to be a big blockbuster movie.

  • PR | July 12, 2012 10:49 PMReply

    I'm ready for a thinking film. I just hope it comes to a theater near me.

  • MA | July 12, 2012 6:53 PMReply

    I have read the book and found it a challenging read the first time but an interesting one if you are willing to give the brain some exercise. Nothing spoon-fed here. Saw a few of the movie clips then read the book a second time recently and everything sort of fell into place. That to me says a lot about the movie.

  • JT | July 12, 2012 6:45 PMReply

    We have been so conditioned to expect a "soundtrack" to give "punch" to every scene that silence is too loud. Perhaps that is probably what the viewers find most unlikeable in this movie? Non-mainstream are always tricky, very subjective. I didn't like "Tree of Life" much either but my husband thought it was the best film he has ever seen. Similarly, some will love "Cosmopolis", while others won't get it. You have to see it and decide for yourself. You may be surprised.

  • paul | July 12, 2012 1:39 PMReply

    i saw it, and liked it. it won't be for everyone though. it kinda reminds me when tree of life came out. not the story line, but many walked out of that as well. it's the type of movie that will be either a love it or hate film. typical cronenberg.

  • Huffy | July 12, 2012 11:37 AMReply

    Delillo's writing doesn't seem like it would ever work on the screen and Cosmopolis is mediocre Delillo at that so all the negative reactions don't surprise me.

  • nikki | July 12, 2012 11:32 AMReply

    I've seen Cosmopolis a couple of times and I wouldn't hesitate to rewatch it one more time. It's a movie that respects its audience, as Pattinson said in an interview: it's up to the viewer to get out of the movie what he/she wants. For a lot it seems to be nothing but for many others the movie is indeed a blockbuster of the mind. You can consider it as a simple story of the downfall of a young multbillionair but if you want you can look at all characters as symbols of our society.
    It can be useful to know some background of the story and to prepare yourself to stylized, even poetic dialogues before giving it a try.
    I understand Cosmopolis isn't for everybody but I really don't get why so many people walk out. I would do so if a plot would be so dumb or silly that I couldn't endure the entire movie. Cosmopolis is just the opposite, it is a surreal story which themes are vere actual and confronting.
    I respect David Cronenberg for having the courage to make this film adaptation of a difficult but meaningful novel and for having created a little masterpiece.
    I respect Robert Pattinson for having the courage to take very challenging, even unlikable parts, for not chosing the commercial, big paycheck path but honoring the art house movies. He's superb in Cosmopolis.

  • from nikki @lola | July 13, 2012 1:22 PM

    IMO it is totally relevant to mention the lead actor of Cosmopolis, knowing that his character is in every scene of the movie, that the story is focused on the thoughts and actions of this character. This has nothing to do with being or not being a fan of one of the actors or the film maker, it has to do with my perception of the movie.
    It is a fact that, in the case of Cosmopolis, the performance of the lead actor could make or ruin the movie. According to 80-90 % of the critics Pattinson did a very good job, so I suppose they're all fans of him :).
    When the actor said in a promo interview that he didn't get the story at first, he was honest and he represented the thoughts of everybody who has read Cosmopolis for the first time. Of course he knew what the story was about but he realized that there are many layers and he wondered how this could be brought on screen.
    Posters like you, here and elsewhere, try to lower the level of the comment threads to that point that you can participate.

  • @lola | July 12, 2012 1:40 PM

    yeah, and you rob haters are easy to spot too (wink)

  • Lola | July 12, 2012 12:07 PM

    You Pattinson die hard fans are so easy to spot. The fact that you quote Pattinson is such a red flag. Did he even understand the film? Somehow I doubt it.

  • Roark | July 12, 2012 11:30 AMReply

    a cronenberg movie that doesn't have mass walkouts is not a cronenberg movie i want to see.

  • d | July 12, 2012 11:21 AMReply

    @Martin Foyle, @Ramos: Worth remembering that most great films were misunderstood / negatively received upon release.

  • d | July 12, 2012 8:36 PM

    @W: *Even* the arthouse crowd? Well, that settles it! /sarcasm

  • w | July 12, 2012 11:50 AM

    Yes but this isn't one of them. I saw it in London with an arthouse crowd and even they didn't appreciate the effort. Unmemorable and poorly acted. The good news for all is that it will be quickly forgotten.

  • Martin Foyle | July 12, 2012 11:50 AM

    True. For what it's worth Killer Joe is getting similiar shocked reactions, ie. not the McConaughey slightly weird rom coms people were expecting, but no walkouts that I've heard of. It is good that such alternative fare is being made available during the summer season and not getting lost in Oscar bait season

  • Ramos | July 12, 2012 10:49 AMReply

    When was the last time a David Cronenberg movie got released in the summer? There have been reports of several theater walkouts on Twitter. The material won't appeal to that many people so expect lackluster returns and middling word of mouth.

  • Martin Foyle | July 12, 2012 10:47 AMReply

    Just finished it's run here in Dublin. Dreadful stuff, in my opinion, but it'll probably be remembered more for the mass walkouts it caused. 4 at the arthouse cinema where I saw it, an almost stampede like 16 at a cinema in a suburban mall, rest assured the same'll happen Stateside.

  • LISA | July 12, 2012 7:00 PM

    Somehow I think it's not a surprise to Cronenberg if some think this is an "aggressively unlovable" movie. :) That may even be his intention.

  • J | July 12, 2012 5:01 PM

    Walkouts? wtf

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