Who Can Not Wait for Cosmopolis?

Cosmopolis is not scheduled to be released until late this year, but anticipation is already building for the film! The movie has been showing up on a number of lists as one of the 2012 films not to miss. Standing shoulder to shoulder with big budget, studio flicks such as the Dark Knight Rises, Djanjo Unchained and The Hobbit, the reputation of director David Cronenberg and source author Don DeLillo combined with the popularity of lead actor Robert Pattinson, Cosmopolis has piqued the interest of many.

An “unmissable cultural treat” is the category that the UK’s The Independent.co.uk places Cosmoplis in and describes it as such:

A multi-millionaire young stockbroker heads across Manhattan in a limousine to have a haircut. It may not sound like much of a starting point for a film but David Cronenberg’s screen version of Don DeLillo’s novel promises to be a sleek and disturbing satire about narcissism and modernity. Robert Pattinson stars as the self-absorbed anti-hero.

Most tantalizing describes the films that Wired.com is waiting for and they are saying, “Let’s take a ride” with Cosmopolis.

Why it could be cool: The movie is being directed by the always-surprising-us David Cronenberg (Eastern Promises) and based on a novel by Don DeLillo. So if “movie about a car ride” doesn’t sound exciting just yet, consider the sources. If nothing else, it should be visually stunning and rife with compelling dialog. The film is also being scored by Howard Shore, the Oscar-winning composer behind the Lord of the Rings films.

There are only 5 films that Jim Brunzell from the Twin City Daily Planet.net is anticipating and Cosmopolis made that very short list.

Indiewire.com‘s The Playlist compiled a slightly larger list of 50 anticipated films out of over 650 scheduled to be released.

What You Need to Know: David Cronenberg is enjoying an unparalleled level of critical and commercial acceptance after decades hovering on the fringe. At the outset, Cosmopolis seems to fall in line with the mannered, critic-friendly films of the recent Cronenberg era. It is, after all, an adaptation of a critically revered and best-selling novel and stars hunky heartthrob-of-the-moment Robert Pattinson. But on closer inspection, the movie seems more atypical and dangerous (a good thing, since A Dangerous Method felt far too safe for a filmmaker known for exploding heads and genital mutilation), taking place primarily in a stretch limousine as it crawls through New York City (not exactly a cinematic conceit). A number of Cronenberg’s favorite thematic tics are explored, too, including man’s relationship with modern technology, the messiness of murder and sexual obsession.

Cosmopolis just sneaks in at #47 out of 50 on the Guardian.co.uk‘s The 50 biggest films of 2012.

Robert Pattinson already looks to be forging the most interesting post-Twilight career of its leads, and here he teams up with David Cronenberg for an adaptation of Don DeLillo’s 2003 novel. Cosmopolis is a modern answer to Joyce’s Ulysses: one day in the life of asset manager Eric Packer, who loses billions of dollars in the financial markets in a 24-hour period as his limo traverses New York.

Number 3 is where Cosmopolis lands on the Ask Men.com list of why 2012 will be a great year for movies!

Author Don DeLillo has his finger on the pulse of contemporary society and modern masculinity. If you haven’t read White Noise, make that your new objective. Yet no one has ever attempted a movie on the cynical, postmodern novelist’s work — until now. David Cronenberg adapts DeLillo’s Cosmopolis, a Ulysses-esque journey in which a young stock-market millionaire (Twilight‘s Robert Pattison) crosses Manhattan in a bulletproof limo to get a haircut on a bizarre day filled with lunatics, oversexed women and financial woes. This one’s sure to be a dystopian classic for the recession era.

No question that Cosmopolis would land on The National Post‘s list of the best Cancon(Canadian Content) at the cinema in 2012. Filmed in Toronto, the movie features a cast with a large Canadian contingency, including Sarah Gadon, Jay Baruchel and Kevin Durand.

The buzz “A friend of mine, Sarah Gadon, is in it so it’s a double Canadian whammy. I love to watch Sarah’s work. I love to watch Cronenberg’s brain candy.” — Tattiawna Jones, actress

While is doesn’t make the The Upcoming.co.uk list of the biggest (ie. big budget), they think Cosmopolis is one of the “hidden gems” for the 2012 movie season.

The ongoing argument that the recent bombardment of remakes, prequels, and reboots should be brought to an end now seems futile. We as an audience should know that film appeals both to artistic and financial sensibilities. It’s an ever-evolving medium and it’s up to us as a worldwide audience to decide exactly what is profitable and while it’s these sorts of films we speak of that get the limelight, there are hidden gems to be found throughout the year. Keep an eye out for these: David Cronenberg’s Cosmopolis, Paul Thomas Anderson’s The Master, Alfonso Cuarón’s Gravity,
and the yet untitled Terrence Malick’s project.

Film School Rejects has picked 52 most anticipated films for 2012, one for each week.

I am admittedly excited to see what Robert Pattinson can do outside of the Twilight juggernaut as I suspect there might be more to him than just a pretty face (although I am also prepared to be proven wrong as I was after my similar predictions of Channing Tatum). But really, this film had me at “David Cronenberg.”

In Cinema.com lists Cosmopolis as #28 on their Top 100 most anticipated films of 2012.

List Worthy Reasons…: Supplied with a strong Euro and North American cast, apparently Cronenberg’s adaptation of Don DeLillo’s work is fairly strong. The novel is a modern re-interpretation of James Joyce’s Ulysses smack dab in NYC’s corporate world.
Release Date/Status?: With Binoche and Amalric in the mix the logic is a grand Cannes red carpet premiere with plenty of buyer activity thinking of the fall season and milking it for Pattinson presence factor. If this becomes a fall release, look for a TIFF North American premiere.

Ropes of Silicon.com is looking forward to Cosmopolis too. It is ranked #33 on his list of 40.

The only reason Cosmopolis makes my list is because it’s a David Cronenberg feature. Plain and simple. Okay, let’s say Cronenberg is the main reason instead as the story sounds pretty cool too and the cast, which also includes, Juliette Binoche, Mathieu Amalric, Samantha Morton, Jay Baruchel, Kevin Durand and Emily Hampshire, ain’t too bad either.

To see what else is catching interest, please check out the lists here:
The Independent.co.uk
TC Daily Planet.net
The National Post
The Upcoming.co.uk
Film School Rejects
In Cinema.com
Ropes of Silicon.com

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Then I'd like one limo to Cannes, please!
If you can't do that, can I get limo service during TIFF? I want mine fully loaded, Pattinson and Cronenberg included! [smile]
I like to kid….
Or for real, I'll do a post: Traveling like a celeb: Cosmopolis blogger at TIFF! From one red carpet to another!

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