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Cosmopolis (2012)

Packer meets his wife for a meal.

Packer meets his wife for a meal.

Just a little over a month and I’ve made it to the end of my trek through David Cronenberg’s filmography. I won’t hesitate to say how weird it made me feel, or how difficult it was at times, but I have no regrets! The ride ends here, with his latest film Cosmopolis.

Based on the Don DeLillo novel of the same name, Cosmopolis stars Robert Pattinson as Eric Packer, a 28-year-old wall-street billionaire with a yen for a hair cut and a misunderstanding of the Chinese Yuan. While he watches his empire crumble due to a bad market play, he insists on going to his favorite barber, despite the fact he’s across town and the streets of New York are loaded with obstacles: the President and his cavalcade, a parade for a dead rapper’s funeral, and an Anarchist protest. Packer has his

Why not meet with your financial adviser and get a proctology exam at the same time? This is the kind of ingenuity America needs.

Why not meet with your financial adviser and get a proctology exam at the same time? This is the kind of ingenuity America needs.

own personal obstacle, as well – constant threats on his life are reaching “the complex,” but the threat doesn’t resonate with Packer.

The film follows Packer on his journey through New York. His consultants, art-dealers, mistresses, doctor and his “Chief of Theory” all meet him in his glowing, airbrushed limo to discuss business, have sex, or both. Packer obviously has no real understanding of society. He does not know what it means to be happy or to be sad; he is cold and emotionless. We know he likes to eat, and we know he wants to sleep with his wife, but that’s probably because it’s the one thing she refuses him. Nothing really has meaning for Packer; he can’t even express anger or fear at the loss of his fortune. Perhaps the most revealing moment comes from

Packer is safe inside the limo, with his "Chief of Theory" as the Anarchists outside trash his limo.

Packer is safe inside the limo, with his “Chief of Theory” as the Anarchists outside trash his limo.

his daily doctor visit, in which the doctor tells him to let a mole on his torso “express itself” and also that Packer has an “asymmetrical prostate.”

Most people probably won’t like this movie. I must admit towards the end I was getting a bit antsy myself. Nothing, however, is more hilarious than picturing a gaggle of Pattinson fans renting Cosmopolis expecting another heartthrob turn, and instead getting an anti-capitalist, the-world-is-empty-and-so-is-your-life-if-you-keep-living-this-way message. Because that’s what this movie is, and that is why I like it. I love the way it looks, too: perfect – perfect skin, perfect clothes, perfect bodies, all with empty souls. The book was written in 2003, but seems even more relevant today than ever, what with the financial crisis and the passing of Occupy Wall Street. There is a whole hell of a lot going on in his movie, I suggest you see it for yourself; there is no way I could appropriately sum it up here, nor would I want to.

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