All through 2012, films critics raved about Robert Pattinson’s performance. This post will leave the reader with no doubt about that. We first have a convincing short-story, in a very impressive list of adjectives collectively used to describe Rob’s achievement playing Eric Packer. Following that is the longer-story- well worth the time- of direct quotes from top critics and bloggers.
Robert Pattinson as Eric Packer
Protagonist of the story; Packer is a self-employed billionaire currency and hedge fund trader in NYC. The film follows one day in his life as he travels cross-town, 47th St. Manhattan, in his white stretch limo.
"We want a haircut."
"It makes me feel free in a way I've never known."
Sarah Gadon as Elise Shifrin
Plays Eric's wife of 22 days, a poet and heir to the Shifrin banking fortune of Europe. They encounter each other outside the limo, three times this day. All conversations center around a meal.
"I think you acquire information and turn it into something stupendous and awful."
"Is this what I wanted?"
Paul Giamatti as Benno Levin
Plays a former employee of Packer's, who is the credible threat to Eric this day. He plays opposite Pattinson in the pivotal final scene.
"Everything in our lives, yours and mine, has brought us to this moment."
"I'm having my Korean panic attack."
Juliette Binoche as Didi Fancher
Plays Eric Packer's art dealer and lover. She informs Eric of a Rothko painting she's found for him, and questions him on his trading activity.
"So rich and crisp."
"Life is too contemporary."
Samantha Morton as Vija Kinsky
Play's Eric Packer's chief of theory, who has a long sequence with Eric. They have a philosophical conversation about time, market culture, capitalism, genius, and technology.
"The more visionary the idea, the more people it leaves behind."
"Even the word computer sounds backward and dumb."
Kevin Durand as Torval
Plays Eric Packer's chief of security. He appears throughout much of the film, working to protect Eric this day.
"There's a credible threat. Not be dismissed.”
"The whipped cream. Technically irrelevant.”
Jay Baruchel as Shiner
Plays Eric Packer's co-founder of Packer Capital, and his chief of technology.
"Do you get the feeling sometimes that you don't know what's going on?"
Mathieu Amalric as Andre Petrescu
Plays the pastry assassin, who seeks out Eric Packer for one of his political statement assaults.
"I am action painter of crème pies. I drop from a tree on Michael Jordan one time. This is famous Flying Pie."
Emily Hampshire as Jane Melman
Plays Eric Packer's chief of finance, who is called in for a meeting in the limo to discuss developments with the Yuan currency.
"They are trying to construe the meaning of the pause."
"How come we've never spent this kind of time together?
Patricia McKenzie as Kendra Hays
Plays one of Eric Packer's bodyguards, who protects him, and has an encounter with him in a hotel room.
"It's interesting to be near a man somebody wants to kill."
"Used to be my number. Then I got lazy."
Philip Nozuka as Michael Chin
Plays Eric Packer's young currency analyst.
"Eric, come on. We are speculating into the void."
George Touliatos as Anthony Adubato
Plays Eric Packer's childhood barber, shop located in Hell's Kitchen.
"You look like what. Get in here so I can look at you."
"I thought you were some kind of big shot?"
Abdul Ayoola as Ibrahim Hamadou
Plays Eric's limo driver, who is not visible to us until the barber shop. Ibrahim was a former taxi driver in NYC, like Eric's barber.
"But where is the chief of security in this situation?"
Bob Bainborough as Dr. Ingram
Plays Eric's physician, who calls on him in the limo to conduct his daily physical exam.
"Your prostate is asymmetrical."
Zeljko Kecojevik as Danko
Plays another person on Eric Packer's security team, Kendra Hays' partner.
"It is beautiful how they dance."
Gouchy Boy as Kozmo Thomas
Plays a manager of rap artists and friend of Eric Packer's. He shares his love of music, and once was in a partnership with Eric investing in racehorses.
"Everything's a scandal. Dying's a scandal. But we all do it.
K'Naan as Brutha Fez
Plays a Sufi rap star, whom Eric admires. It is this real life artist's song, written to incorporate DeLillo's rap in the novel, that plays in his scene.
"Let me be who I was
That's lost but living"