Lumiere Magazine (Russia)
There is one thing you can’t reproach David Cronenberg for-sameness(
monotony). You can hardly find a director in modern cinema who is more inclined to experiment with different genres and forms.(don’t mention soderberg) “the fly” “the naked lunch” “ the crash” “Eastern promises”
“a dangerous method” –it is hard to believe that all these films were made by one and the same man. So it is not surprising at all that the next work of the Canadian Master is a Social-economic satire “Cosmopolis” adapted from Don de Lillo- a favourite of intellectuals and esthets-and with Robert Pattinson –an idol for 13 –year-old girls as a lead.
The film(the script was written by Cronenberg himself) is set in the near future, when the world economic crisis reaches unprecedented scale, and the gap between the rich and the poor increases in a geometrical progression. The main character-A billionaire financier Eric Packer –goes through the rioting New York to his hairdresser in his armoured limousine. At the same time he thinks about the meaning of his existence and step by step gets rid of his(and not only) material assets, trying to diversify his life with experiments on his body and soul.
Since the book was published(2003) the idea of increasing class conflict in the modern society has become a lot more relevant. The population of megapolises today is no longer a quiet passive majority, now they are rebels fighting against the “1 percent” within the framework of “occupy” movement.
But obviously it is not the surface that interests Cronenberg in this adaptation, but the demons hidden underneath. For the last decade the director has moved from “body horror” to the horrors of human subconscious. And in the minds of people destroying the future of thousands of others for their own profit, such horrors can be found in abundance.
“Cosmopolis “ premiered at Cannes film festival where the reactions were mixed “from rapture to curses”. None the less, as past experiences show, even an unsuccessful Cronenberg film is still a must see spectacle the majority of other filmmakers will be struggling to reach.
thanks to Thinking of Rob