‘Cosmopolis’ Trailer: RPattz Just Wants to Watch the World Burn [Updated]

Published 2 years ago by , Updated April 19th, 2012 at 12:01 pm,

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[UPDATE: We've added a second trailer for Cosmopolis.]

Reactions to the Cosmopolis teaser trailer have ranged from eloquent statements – expressing excitement for the latest strange and disturbing piece of cinema produced by David Cronenberg (The Fly, A History of Violence, etc.) – to somewhat less insightful comments (such as “WTF is this?!”). To be fair, both “extremes” were quite called for, as that short trailer packs a whole lot of madness into a slim period of time.

That’s all to say: the newly-unveiled full-length theatrical promo for Cosmopolis (see above) is probably going to prompt similar responses across the board, especially since the trailer is structured more to raise questions about the film’s storyline and content (as opposed to summarizing them). An intriguing, but fitting, approach to take here, it seems.

For those who are just tuning in (and have no idea what the heck this movie is about), Cosmopolis is Cronenberg’s adaptation of Don DeLillo’s surreal Odyssey-inspired novel about a day in the life of youthful billionaire Eric Packer (as portrayed by Twilight‘s Robert Pattinson). Eric’s attempts to travel across an alternate-reality Manhattan – so as to get a haircut he really wants, for reasons he doesn’t fully understand (at first) – in his luxurious limousine are continually thwarted by… well, you watched the trailer.

With Cosmopolis, Cronenberg appears to have painted an Expressionistic portrait of a young man’s descent into madness (or is it?) as his new marriage and privileged lifestyle collapse around him – along with the world itself, it seems. Then again, would you expect anything more normal from the filmmaker responsible for titles like Scanners and eXistenZ, among numerous other (weird) cult classics?

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The cast of Cosmopolis is overall pretty impressive, with names like Oscar-winner Juliette Binoche, Oscar-nominees Paul Giamatti and Samantha Morton – along with such people as Jay Baruchel and versatile character actor Kevin Durand, a.k.a. Martin Keamy on Lost – in supporting roles, behind Pattinson and female lead Sarah Gadon (who also appeared in Cronenberg’s A Dangerous Method).

All in all, Cosmopolis isn’t for everyone (obviously) but there is definitely an audience which will turn out to see this film – including, those people who just want to find out what all the nightmarish imagery and scenarios teased in the trailer(s) add up to. Count us in, for sure.

UPDATE: Those of you who want an even better look at Cosmopolis should check out the other bizarre, enigmatic, full-length trailer making the rounds right now (with some new footage to boot):

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Cosmopolis has yet to snag an official U.S. theatrical release date, but it will screen next month at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival. As always, we here at Screen Rant will keep you posted as more information is released.

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Source: Allocine.com [via Empire], Twitch

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  1. Not a fan of Pattinson at all. But this looks brilliant, maybe Cronenberg is the guy to get a decent performance from him. Just started the book, its weird!!!

    • I thought pattinson was solid in water for elephants

      • Yeah, I’m inclined to agree with you on that, he wasn;t bad in that at all.

  2. WTF? Don’t really know what to make of it at the moment. That muff shot really took me by surprise as well. ;)

  3. I want to see this because it looks so strange. The teaser didn’t do anything for me, but the theatrical has peaked my interest. Maybe Pattinson will break that stigma he’s got attached to him.

  4. Looks like a movie not for me. Oh well

  5. I can not wait for this film to get an American release date-I will definitely go see it. Thanks for the article.

    • You’re welcome – sincerely. :-)

      • Man, I havent even seen A Dangerous Method yet. David’s been busy.

  6. I love Don DeLillo…So I’m definitely going to see this.

    Both of the stars from Twilight are starring in adaptations of two of my favorite authors’ (Kerouac and DeLillo) work…Strange to see them going into real literature after all these years doing pulp.

  7. i wonder if this will make a north american debut at tiff? either way can’t wait.

  8. This looks very promising. I will definately be checking this one out.

  9. is this movie gng to be released in India…?
    If yes then what date…?
    I cant wait to see it….

  10. Strange Days & Johnny Newmonic mixed with some other crap. So, i’d say it’s interesting, but i’ll pass.

  11. CANNOT WAIT TO SEE COSMOPOLIS. BETWEEN DAVID CRONENBERG AND ROBERT PATTINSONS COLLABORATION, I AM SURE IT WILL BE AN EXCITING FILM. DIRECTOR CRONENBERG IS AN ACTORS DIRECTOR. I AM SURE HE DID A GOOD JOB ON ROBERT PATTINSON.A GOOD DIRECTOR IS JUST AS IMPORTANT AS THE ACTORS AND THE STORY LINE. IF ALL ASPECTS A GOOD YOU HAVE AGOOD. FILM. EXCITED TO SEE COSMOPOLIS GO TO CANNES. IT DESERVES TO BE THERE. A THOUGHT JUST STRUCK ME. WHEN ERIC PACKER LOSES HIS FORTUNE BETTING AGAINST THE YEN, THE JAPANESE WILL LOVE THIS FILM ESPECIALLY. WISHING COSMOPOLIS A GREAT RUN ALL OVER THE WORLD. HOPE IT IS RECEIVED WELL AND DOES GREAT AT THE BOX OFFICE.

  12. Cronenberg continues to evolve and mature his Craft. This looks great.

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