Sleek and forbidding,
It is a picture, like any picture made by a true craftsman, that improves considerably on a second viewing. In its
The film is laid out like a series of playlets, mostly confined to the outlandishly luxurious white limo.
By the time Packer reaches his destination, he has puzzled over his asymmetrical prostate, been hit with a cream pie by a voluble protester (
I just wish Cronenberg hadn't adapted the book on his own. Behind the camera, he does remarkable things, turning Packer's limo into what Cronenberg himself has described as an upscale version of
So "Cosmopolis" wages war with itself. And for some, the way Cronenberg and his designers and cinematographer have solved the riddle of how to keep the enormous, seemingly shape-shifting limo a viable, activated universe for one cipher's gradual meltdown ... well, it'll be reason enough to tackle the film.
'Cosmopolis' -- 2 1/2 stars
MPAA rating: R (for some strong sexual content including graphic nudity, violence and language)
Running time: 1:48