Film Review: Cosmopolis

It wasn’t until after I’d seen Cosmopolis that I read some reviews of it that and started to understood what the heck the movie was about and where it was trying to take you. So as a result, I’ve split my review in two. “Pre” and “Post” review.


This is a very, very strange, movie. I spent the whole thing trying to pre-guess the twist. This whole movie feels like there is a twist. It drags you along teasing you, prodding you, like the incessant child who just won’t stop. The twist is coming, you know it’s coming, it’ll be a long in a minute. And then it arrives, or in fact, it doesn’t. But maybe that’s the twist.

This meant that I spent most of the film waiting, trying to find a way to justify the actions of the main character and how his interactions with the characters around him fit within the overall design. This left me on the outside, unable to get in and totally disconnected from him, his world and even the film. It’s almost a case that because you are never fully submerged into his world and the psychology it’s trying to derive. You end up almost imagining a “blink and you missed it” critical point that demands you analyse and observe every action, every word and even every syllable. Much to its own downfall and determent. You examine it far too closely and miss the overall picture.

Then there is the cinematography and style of filming. This means that the characters seem, quite regularly, to be removed from their surroundings. They seem too big for the same they inhabit. It’s almost as if they have been placed into the limo using CGI, but placed badly so every scale is off. It’s Photoshop for beginners, done badly, then placed on the big screen.

I just don’t get this film, I just don’t accept it, I just don’t understand it.

However… Post:

So apparently, the whole point about this movie is that Packer (Pattinson), our 28 year old billionaire lead character, is meant to be disconnected from his surroundings. The limo is not only a vehicle to move the story forward physically but also, a vehicle, metaphorically, to keep Pattinson quarantined from society and real life. To interact with him you need to enter his world, accept his rules and then leave.

Cosmopolis is, apparently, taking us on a journey through the sterile and removed world that the top 1% of the population live in and how the destruction of that world, their safety net, drives them deeper and deeper, lower and lower. And rather than driving them into back into society, drives further their disconnection from it resulting in them pushing the boundaries of acceptability and morality in search of that clue, that answer, that path back to the world they know and need.

Knowing know what I do about the plot, the journey the film is taking us on, in simplistic terms, what the heck it’s about, I can see it in a better light. I still think though, that the cinematography and overly loquacious script mean that I just can’t bring myself to watch it again.

5 out of 10 stars (5 / 10)

Posted on by 5WC in Film First Edition

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