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  Cosmopolis Review
Tookey's Rating
1 /10
Average Rating
4.36 /10
Robert Pattinson , Sarah Gadon , Paul Giamatti
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Directed by: David Cronenberg
Written by: David Cronenberg , based on Don DeLillo’s novel

Released: 2012
Genre: DRAMA
Origin: France/ Canada/ Portugal/ Italy
Colour: C
Length: 109

A stupefying bore.
Reviewed by Chris Tookey

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Canadian auteur David Cronenberg can make intelligent, accessible films, as proven by A History of Violence and Eastern Promises. But here comes his most tedious picture yet – worse even than M.Butterfly, which sent audiences to sleep in 1993.

I’ve seen Cosmopolis described as “horror sci-fi”, but its audience-grabbing potential could hardly be further away from Alien, or indeed Cronenberg’s grisly remake of The Fly.

This is an agonizingly pretentious, wordy account of a rich, vapid American (Robert Pattinson, pictured) crossing New York in a limo and having didactic encounters with various non-characters played by the likes of Juliette Binoche, Samantha Morton and Paul Giamatti.

Based on a Don DeLillo novel, it’s suffused with generalised contempt for “Cyber-Capitalism”. Less a searing indictment than a bad-tempered, incomprehensible rant, it’s turgid enough to test the patience of Ken Loach.

The suicidally mannered performances reek of actorish self-regard. Devoid of meaning, dialogue that rings true or anything resembling plausible drama, this is the antithesis of entertainment.

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