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This short, assaulting and decidedly NSFW look into COSMOPOLIS seems to promise a return to more explicitly Cronenbergian territory.
While the legendary director of VIDEODROME and THE BROOD was undoubtedly working through familiar interests with A DANGEROUS METHOD, it was a different beast than his externally weird works. The first COSMOPOLIS teaser however, in its thirty seconds of near future sex, mind expanding violence and Robert Pattinson perpetrating all of it, is certainly a jolt.
The film, based on author Don DeLillo's novel of the same name, is set in "New York City, not-too-distant-future. 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. Packer starts to piece together clues that lead him to a most terrifying secret: his imminent assassination."
Of course, anything new from Cronenberg is a reason to rejoice. No word on a U.S. date for COSMOPOLIS just yet. Thanks to CosmopolisFilm for the trailer.
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