Posts Tagged ‘Cosmopolis’

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This contained mind-mash pits an opportunist against nature, as celebrity obsession enters the realm of disease collecting.  Meaning: fans buy diseases so that they can better imitate and commune with their celebrity idols.  By willingly infecting themselves in order to better worship their idols, fandom has created a new commodity to exploit.  Beyond simple exploitation, the competition to obtain celebrity viruses and to sell them on the black market is fierce and criminal.

Such is Brandon Cronenberg’s directorial debut, a small noirish thriller of blood, disease and the underworld.  People who are inclined to appreciate David Cronenberg’s films will probably respond well to the movie.  The story’s Cosmopolis vibe addresses capitalist ruthlessness and the depravity associated with marketing the world to the highest bidders.  With cultural criticism (assault?) rivaling films like Idiocracy and God Bless America, here we have a very subtle, tempered version of business as usual in an unusual racket.

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The market for satire, criticism and any kind of thought whatsoever is pretty small.  DVD reviews of Antiviral made clear that a lot of people didn’t get the movie, or care to.   I thought the film was well done and thought provoking, a lot more so than Contagion anyway.  Caleb Landry Jones is a fantastic actor, and he pushes it to the edge here.  The film carried a dark, creepy sensibility even in glaringly sterile white rooms.

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Short answer: go rent it. Now out on DVD.

Medium answer: Fantastic. Capitalist psychopathy from a cinematic perspective.

What to say? David Cronenberg always subverts audience expectations. What can one expect from Robert Pattinson, looking pensive in a stretch limo (if they haven’t already read DeLillo’s novel)? The pre-release buzz was erratic and confused. Perhaps the film itself is such.

I found it pretty dead on, a hyper-realized snapshot of our age.

Long answer: is in the film. No spoilers.

On a tangent, Cosmopolis is another Alexa digital film that fooled me into thinking it was shot on real film. Cronenberg choosing digital? That’s three now from Arri, something Red hasn’t managed to do yet.