Monday, December 31, 2012

Bechtloff Movie Night: Cosmopolis (2012)

I saw a trailer for this a few weeks ago on my Iron Sky DVD. I thought it looked like it might be really good, but I was a little unsure about the star. I mean could Count Fagula Robert Pattinson actually be in a good movie? Well, I decided I would find out.

So in this movie Robert Pattinson, who I shall henceforth refer to as Sparkles, plays Billionaire Eric Packer, who is riding accross town in his limo/office to get a hair cut. Along the way he interacts with various character, mostly employees, his wife, and the various women he's screwing on the side. It's very slow to get across town due to a visit to the city by the President. Also he is informed there has been a threat on his life. After losing a crap load of money in currency speculation he starts to become rather self destructive, killing his body guard and ultimately confronting the person who is trying to kill him in the abandoned building he is squatting in. Sparkles has a back and forth with his potential killer, played by Paul Giamatti. Sparkles doesn't seem all that concerned with whether or not Giamatti's character kills him and Giamatti doesn't seem all that sure whether he wants to kill Sparkles or himself. The final minute or so of the film features Giamatti going back and forth between pointing the gun at himself and Sparkles. The movie ends right there before we see what Giamatti decides.

This movie was....odd. It's barely a movie really. It's more just a series of scenes loosely strung together, all of which both abruptly start and abruptly stop, many of which have no real bearing on what passes for a plot in this movie. These scenes exist to spotlight the various characters in Sparkles' life and have the two of then wax philosophical. Many of them are strong interesting scenes, and most of these characters are extremely fascinating, at least for as much as we see of them, but again there just isn't really much of a point to most of it story wise. And while this movie has some flashes of genuine brilliance in it, it spends much of it's run time way too far up it's own ass, thinking it has more to say then it really does. The acting from everyone involved ranges from solid to downright spectacular, it's really the biggest redeeming quality to this movie. Amazingly enough even Sparkles really gets it done here. In fact if he keeps up performances like this I might stop calling him Sparkles.

This is hardly a great movie, in fact I'm not sure I would even call it a good movie, but it's not really a bad movie either. And it is, if nothing else, an interesting movie. I would say it's definitely worth checking out.

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