Director: David Cronenberg
Starring: Robert Pattinson, Kevin Durand, Sarah Gadon and Paul Giamatti
While people are destroying the world around them, Eric Packer(Robert Pattinson), is a self-centered, young billionaire, who drives around in his limo, encountering a strange cast of characters.
I’m always impressed when a writer and director can pit a character in one location for most of a film(Phone Booth, Buried). How camera angles, dialog and action can push forward within one location is not something that can be easily done. While ”Cosmoplis” doesn’t take place in a limo the whole time, majority of it does.
Robert Pattinson shows that he can do more than be a pretty, sparkly vampire, but more on his part later. Kevin Durand stood out performance wise to me. I’ve seen him play the bad guy many times, and in this, he shows off a certain charm without trying to purposely emote it. I’ll also tip my hat off to Juliette Binoche, who did a nice job for the small part she had.
The main problem with ”Cosmoplis” is, it’s bland, boring and kinda pretentious. Scenes build and build without any real resolution, and sometimes it gets confusing, with little explanation to things.
Characters are flat and come off like robots, and this is where it fails for Pattinson. I feel he was trying to really cut loose, but the direction and script didn’t really let him shine as much as he could’ve. I think this is why Durand came off as a stronger performer than the lead.
There’s not much else I can say about ”Cosmoplis”. The film is well shot, but this is defiantly one of David Cronenberg’s weakest directing jobs. I know after a second viewing I might understand or enjoy it a bit more, but it was jus so boring and odd, that it doesn’t give you that draw back for a second viewing that you may need.