Reactions to Cosmopolis Teaser – ‘First Teaser For David Cronenberg’s ‘Cosmopolis Is Seriously Impressive’   5 comments

First reactions on the Cosmopolis teaser trailer are coming in!

From Playlist:

After the rather staid costume drama of “A Dangerous Method,” a film that failed to embrace the kink promised in the premise of an sado-masochistic affair between Jung and a former patient, many started to wonder: had David Cronenberg gone soft? The filmmaker has been steadily moving into more mainstream territory, but generally managed to keep a little of the transgressiveness that made his name with films from “The Brood” to “Crash.” But with the Keira Knightley/Michael Fassbender drama? Not so much.

Well it appears that that was only a short-term issue: the teaser trailer for Cronenberg’s next, the Don DeLillo adaptation “Cosmopolis,” has arrived, and it looks like classic Cronenberg stuff. Following a twentysomething billionaire, who fears he’s going to be murdered, as he travels through Manhattan in a limo on the worst traffic day in record, the film’s been getting more attention than the filmmaker’s used to, seeing as it stars “Twilight” star Robert Pattinson, who, for certain demographics, is one of the biggest hearthrobs to hit the big screen in a long time. But that attention doesn’t seem to have made Cronenberg water things down — the brief, French-subtitled clip (which seems a little reminiscent of “Enter The Void” in its neon-inflected marketing) has sex, violence, body horror and bizarre images.

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It looks, to be frank, absolutely brilliant, and it’s certainly dampened any doubts we might have had for the time being. And R-Patz? Damned if he doesn’t look, in the very brief glimpses, right at home. Could all the doubters about to be proved wrong with a terrific performance? That being said, we’d said the same about “Bel Ami,” and that did not turn out well… All signs point to a Cannes premiere for the film, which will open in France on May 23rd: there’s no U.S. distributor or release date just yet, but it can’t be too far away. [Twitch]

From The Hollywood Reporter:

Robert Pattinson will once again play dark and brooding, but his latest role proves he can do more than pine and sparkle.

The Twilight star plays a 28-year-old playboy billionaire who goes for a deadly limo ride in David Cronenberg‘s upcoming Cosmopolis. Self-interested, acquisitive and nihilistic, Pattinson goes very against type from his Edward Cullen character in the vampire films, leaning more toward the manipulative philanderer of Bel Ami, which opens June 8.

From shots in nightclubs to murky bedroom closeups and havoc outside the limo, there is no romance to be found, only lavish cynicism.

Pattinson is joined in the adaptation of Don DeLillo’s hit novel by Sarah Gadon, who plays his estranged wife, while Jay BaruchelPaul Giamatti and Samantha Mortonalso star.

The movie is set in New York, but was shot in Toronto.

From Up and Corners:

The first teaser trailer for David Cronenberg‘s adaptation of Don Delillo’s “Cosmopolis” has been released today and there’s kink, crime and nudity; it would seem that Robert Pattinson sure is trying to break away from Edward Cullen.

As the British actor looks to shed his Twilight image, and the famed director aims to gain back some of the critical acclaim that rumours would suggest he has recently lost, we see Pattinson’s Eric Packer shoot himself in the hand, have sex in a limosine and ask us darkly to “show me something I don’t know”.

Actually, it looks like Pattinson is showing us something we don’t know.

“Cosmopolis” is rumoured to premiere at this year’s Cannes Film Festival and also stars Sarah Gadon, Samantha Morton and Jay Baruchel. See the first teaser below.

From Moviefanatic:

If Robert Pattinson is trying to break out of his Twilight persona, hooking up with visionary director David Cronenberg is certainly one way to go. As evidenced by the teaser trailer for Cosmopolis that has debuted, their collaboration is just what the actor needs for people to forget about that Edward guy. The synopsis for the film and a new poster is below, but for now… enjoy this clearly NSFW teaser for a frightening and fascinating film foray.

From Twich Film:

Are you won of those who has bemoaned the public softening of David Cronenberg? One who feels that Eastern Promiseswas the beginning of the end for the director of Scanners,Dead RingersThe FlyVideodromeThe Brood and a host of other classics? Well, it would appear that rumors of his demise have been greatly exaggerated and that the Old Dave is coming back with Cosmopolis.

Eric Packer risks his entire fortune to bet against the yen on a tumultuous day, a move that puts him in an assassin’s crosshairs as he moves from place to place in a limo in a study of capitalism that takes place in a slightly futuristic metropolis.

The first teaser for the adaptation of Don Delillo’s novel has arrived online and it’s full of all the kink fans have come to expect from Cronenberg. It also puts to rest any worries about the casting of Robert Pattinson, who seems to fit into this world perfectly.

From Next Movie:

Geez, David Cronenberg, way to corrupt our boy Robert Pattinson.

Before he was just a sparkly emo vampire, but now he’s a hyper-decadent rich dude humping and shooting everything in sight during the 30-seconds of bonkers bliss that is the “Cosmopolis” teaser trailer.

As if drawing a line in the sand to say “no more Mr. Nice Blooddrinker,” R.Pattz is taking things to a whole other level of bizarre as his billionaire character Eric Packer rides a limo across a pseudo-futuristic Manhattan where anything goes, including tons o’ sex, shooting his own hand and run ins with giant, fire-breathing dinosaur rats.

In recent years, director Cronenberg has taken to making serious mainstream dramas with Viggo Mortensen (“A Dangerous Method”), but “Cosmopolis” looks like the off-the-chains “Videodrome”/”eXistenZ” madman Cronenberg we’ve been waiting for.

From Movieline

Move over, PrometheusDavid Cronenberg and Robert Pattinson are here with a 30-second foreign teaser for Cosmopolis, their adaptation of the Don DeLillo novel about a young billionaire’s dark, demented and all-around catastrophic 24-hour Manhattan odyssey. And it looks amazing.

In fairness, it’s basically only 30 NSFW seconds of hyper-edited visuals, but what visuals: Times Square overrun with dinosaurs, Pattinson’s Eric Packer shooting a hole through his hand, limousine trysts and pee breaks, and all the quintessentially Cronenbergian glimpses of the perverse in the quotidian. Niftier still is the dialogue introducing the teaser, clipped in DeLillo’s own trademark staccato, hinting at a spiritual fidelity to the flawed but sui generis source material. It just looks and feels right. We’ll see how the other 100 minutes or so can compare later this spring, when Cosmopolis presumably debuts (and lands an American distributor) at Cannes.

Posted March 22, 2012 by Sim in Cosmopolis, Robert Pattinson

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5 responses to “Reactions to Cosmopolis Teaser – ‘First Teaser For David Cronenberg’s ‘Cosmopolis Is Seriously Impressive’

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  1. This is going to be the performance that changes Robs career. I just know it.

  2. Whoa!!

  3. Yup. Keep ’em coming!

    Kellie Robsessed
  4. I read Cosmopolis and if it hadn’t been for Rob being in the movie I would not have continued reading after about pg 37.. I hoped Rob would make the movie better than the bk and just from this short trailer he has.. can’t wait to see the movie.. we are going to see a different side to his acting ability.. and if given the chance he will show the world just how great an actor he is..

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