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What You Need to Know: David Cronenberg is enjoying an unparalleled level of critical and commercial acceptance after decades hovering on the fringe. At the outset, “Cosmopolis” seems to fall in line with the mannered, critic-friendly films of the recent Cronenberg era. It is, after all, an adaptation of a critically revered and best-selling novel and stars hunky heartthrob-of-the-moment Robert Pattinson. But on closer inspection, the movie seems more atypical and dangerous (a good thing, since “A Dangerous Method” felt far too safe for a filmmaker known for exploding heads and genital mutilation), taking place primarily in a stretch limousine as it crawls through New York City (not exactly a cinematic conceit). A number of Cronenberg’s favorite thematic tics are explored, too, including man’s relationship with modern technology, the messiness of murder and sexual obsession. So while it might be sold as another buttoned-up late era Cronenberg think piece, we’re hoping it’s going to be ruder, looser, and more like the days of yore, even if it has to be without the exploding heads and genital mutilation.
Release Date: With press for “A Dangerous Method” occupying much of Cronenberg’s time in the fall of 2011, our guess is the fall film festival circuit will be the earliest we see the picture.
Let’s Take a Ride: Cosmopolis
Story: Taking place over 24 hours in Manhattan, Cosmopolis examines the heart and soul of the West through the story of a 28-year-old stock market millionaire (played by Robert Pattinson) who takes a drive across town in his limo to get a haircut.
Why it could be cool: The movie is being directed by the always-surprising-us David Cronenberg (Eastern Promises) and based on a novel by Don DeLillo. So if “movie about a car ride” doesn’t sound exciting just yet, consider the sources. If nothing else, it should be visually stunning and rife with compelling dialog. The film is also being scored by Howard Shore, the Oscar-winning composer behind the Lord of the Rings films.
Cautionary note: Very little is known about this adaptation yet, so even though its creators are brilliant it’s hard to anticipate exactly what they’ll create, or how enthralling it might be. —Angela Watercutter
I am admittedly excited to see what Robert Pattinson can do outside of the Twilight juggernaut as I suspect there might be more to him than just a pretty face (although I am also prepared to be proven wrong as I was after my similar predictions of Channing Tatum). But really, this film had me at “David Cronenberg.” –AL
Quite a few 2012 films have already been blasting previews and trailers at us. Going over the year’s release schedule, it’s hard to know which movies will succeed and which will fall by the wayside.
I did a similar preview last year around this time; while I’ve yet to see David Cronenberg’s latest film, A Dangerous Method (now playing at the Uptown Theatre), the other four lived up to my expectations. Here are five films I’m looking forward to in 2012, with another Cronenberg film in the mix.
Cosmopolis, directed by David Cronenberg (A Dangerous Method, Eastern Promises), is an adaptation of Don DeLillo’s novel about young billionaire Eric Packer (played by Twilight’s Robert Pattinson) who travels by limo across Manhattan in order to get a haircut. The story takes place mostly in the limo and is told in one day. Cosmopolis also stars Paul Giamatti, Samantha Morton, and Juliette Binoche. Cosmopolis should open in the fall of 2012.
Cannes buzz from @firstshowing:
Thinking about potential films, Cannes 2012 could be a big year. Malick again, Prometheus maybe, PTA's The Master, Cronenberg, Tarantino.
— Alex Billington (@firstshowing) December 28, 2011