How far can he go before he goes too far?
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.
Cosmopolis is a Canadian drama thriller film written, produced, and directed by David Cronenberg and starring Robert Pattinson. It is based on the novel of the same name by Don DeLillo. On 25 May 2012, the film premiered in competition for the Palme d’Or at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival, drawing mixed early critical reactions. The film was released in Canada on 8 June 2012, and began a limited release in the United States on 17 August 2012. It is Cronenberg’s first foray into script writing since 1999’s eXistenZ.
Directed by: David Cronenberg
Starring: Robert Pattinson, Juliette Binoche, Sarah Gadon, Mathieu Amalric, Jay Baruchel
Screenplay by: David Cronenberg, Don DeLillo
Production Design by: Arvinder Grewal
Cinematography by: Peter Suschitzky
Film Editing by: Ronald Sanders
Costume Design by: Denise Cronenberg
Art Direction by: Joshu de Cartier
Music by: Howard Shore
MPAA Rating: R for some strong sexual content including graphic nudity, violence and language.
Studio: Entertainment One
Release Date: August 17, 2012
Related Link: View the Full Production Notes for Cosmopolis