First Full-Length Trailer for David Cronenberg's Cosmopolis Starring Robert Pattinson
04.19.12 by Ryan
From the beginning, director David Cronenberg's adaptation of Cosmopolis has intrigued due to his casting of Robert Pattinson as Eric Packer, the young multimillionaire whose limousine ride to get a haircut turns into a 24-hour odyssey. Cronenberg, who has gone from being seen as a horror movie director to an auteur with movies like 2005's A History of Violence and last year's A Dangerous Method, typically likes to work with the same actors (namely, Viggo Mortensen), and usually doesn't cast actors with massive tween appeal.
For Pattinson, the casting seemed like an image-shattering move to distance himself further from the Twilight franchise than perhaps last year's Water for Elephants did. Last month's teaser trailer depicted a few moments of Pattinson without his shirt, which seemed directly targeted to the actor's Twilight fans, but the full-length trailer is pure Cronenberg: set in a graphically violent world predominantly obsessed with sex and power.
If you've read Don DeLillo's 2003 novel of the same name, you might be less confused by the trailer's depictions of sex, violence, rat-themed riots, public funerals and more sex. Pattinson said last year that the script was "insane," and the trailer more than supports that statement. Not that it will help with your understanding of the trailer, but here's the official synopsis of Cosmopolis.
New York City, not-too-distant-future: Eric Packer, a 28-year-old finance golden boy dreaming of living in a civilization ahead of this one, watches a dark shadow cast over the firmament of the Wall Street galaxy, of which he is the uncontested king. As he is chauffeured across midtown Manhattan to get a haircut at his father's old barber, his anxious eyes are glued to the yuan's exchange rate: it is mounting against all expectations, destroying Eric's bet against it. Eric Packer is losing his empire with every tick of the clock. Meanwhile, an eruption of wild activity unfolds in the city's streets. Petrified as the threats of the real world infringe upon his cloud of virtual convictions, his paranoia intensifies during the course of his 24-hour cross-town odyssey.
Written and directed by Cronenberg, Cosmopolis features an ensemble cast that includes Samantha Morton (Sweet and Lowdown, The Messenger), Juliette Binoche (Dan in Real Life), Paul Giamatti (The Ides of March), and Sarah Gadon (Dream House).