Plot summary (from the studio): Eric Packer, a 28 year-old finance golden boy dreaming of living in a civilization ahead of this one, watches a dark shadow cast over the firmament of the Wall Street galaxy, of which he is the uncontested king. As he is chauffeured across midtown Manhattan to get a haircut at his father’s old barber, his anxious eyes are glued to the yuan’s exchange rate: it is mounting against all expectations, destroying Eric’s bet against it. Eric Packer is losing his empire with every tick of the clock. Meanwhile, an eruption of wild activity unfolds in the city’s streets. Petrified as the threats of the real world infringe upon his cloud of virtual convictions, his paranoia intensifies during the course of his 24-hour cross-town odyssey.
I was suckered into watching this one by iTunes’ $.99 rental. Plus, the synopsis didn’t sound too bad and I didn’t have any prior experience with either Pattinson or Cronenberg to turn me off, so I figured what the heck.
Well, let me tell you: even at $.99, this film was a total ripoff!!
I lasted 30 minutes before giving up on it. And no, it wasn’t because this didn’t fit the mold of a typical Hollywood movie and didn’t have the simple plot and shoot-’em-up action that is ever present these days. I just thought it was utterly boring.
I kind of like the idea of someone conducting business out of his car like that (it sorta reminded me of The Lincoln Lawyer). At the same time, however, I couldn’t help feeling Eric chose the most inefficient way of traveling across Manhattan. Seriously, with as slowly as that vehicle was moving, I probably could have beat him by renting a used knee scooter online and wheeling my way across the city. Good grief.
I tried to give Cosmopolis a fair shake, but after 30 minutes (my absolute limit these days), I threw in the towel. The main character was uninteresting, the various situations that cropped up were ludicrous, and the dialogue was pretentious. I give this one 0 stars out of 5.