[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?
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):
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.