USA. Dir. David Cronenberg. 2012, 108 mins. 35mm. With Robert Pattinson, Juliette Binoche, Sarah Godon, Paul Giamatti. Adapted from the novel by Don DeLillo. Unfolding in a single cataclysmic day, the story follows Eric Packer (Robert Pattinson)—a 28-year old financial whiz kid and billionaire asset manager—as he heads out in his tricked-out stretch limo to get a haircut from his father’s old barber, while remotely wagering his company’s massive fortune on a bet against the Chinese yuan. In his slow crawl through crowded city streets, Packer encounters explosive riots, a parade of provocative visitors, and is thrust into a myriad of intimate encounters. Having started the day with everything, believing he is the future, Packer’s perfectly ordered, doubt-free world is about to implode. One of Cronenberg’s greatest achievements, Cosmopolis is at once bone-dry funny and deeply emotional.
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