The trailer above is for film director David Cronenberg’s lastest movie Cosmopolis, starring he of Twilight fame Robert Pattinson, who seems to be making a direct move away from the safe, mainstream crowd for this dark and twisted tale.
We’re a bit stumped by the outcry against this trailer, admittedly it features at least one quick flash scene, (of a man being stabbed in the eye) which is NSFW, but what did people expect? It’s a David Cronenberg film, you know the same guy who practically invented the body horror genre with The Fly, Scanners, Dead Ringers and Crash.
Cosmopolis is based upon the book of the same name by Don DeLillo the plot of which rattles along like so:
DeLillo skates through a day in the life of a brilliant and precocious New Economy billionaire in this monotone 13th novel, a study in big money and affectlessness. As one character remarks, 28-year-old Eric Packer “wants to be one civilization ahead of this one.” But on an April day in the year 2000, Eric’s fortune and life fall apart. The story tracks him as he traverses Manhattan in his stretch limo. His goal: a haircut at Anthony’s, his father’s old barber. But on this day his driver has to navigate a presidential visit, an attack by anarchists and a rapper’s funeral. Meanwhile, the yen is mounting, destroying Eric’s bet against it. The catastrophe liberates Eric’s destructive instinct-he shoots another character and increases his bet. Mostly, the action consists of sequences in the back of the limo (where he stages meetings with his doctor, various corporate officers and a New Economy guru) interrupted by various pit stops.
Also, for some reason, the film features a gigantic rat. Hey, it’s a David Cronenberg film.