'Cosmopolis' Comes to Sunrise
The Sunrise Theater’s Sunflix series continues its run of September films with David Cronenberg’s film, based on the Don DeLillo’s book of the same name, “Cosmopolis.”
This film stars Robert Pattinson as a billionaire trying to make his way across Manhattan to get a haircut as his world is tumbling around him.
The film also stars Juliette Binoche, Paul Giamatti and Sarah Gadon. “Cosmopolis” will be shown from Thursday, Sept. 13, through Monday, Sept. 17, with shows weekdays at 7:30 p.m. and weekends at 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. “Cosmopolis” is rated R for some strong sexual content, including graphic nudity, violence and language. Running time is 108 minutes.
The following plot summary is taken from the film’s official website:
New York City, not-too-distant-future: Eric Packer, a 28-year-old finance golden boy dreaming of living in a civilization ahead of this one, watches a dark shadow cast over the firmament of the Wall Street galaxy, of which he is the uncontested king. As he is chauffeured across midtown Manhattan to get a haircut at his father’s old barber, his anxious eyes are glued to the yuan’s exchange rate: It is mounting against all expectations, destroying Eric’s bet against it. Eric Packer is losing his empire with every tick of the clock.
Meanwhile, an eruption of wild activity unfolds in the city’s streets. Petrified as the threats of the real world infringe upon his cloud of virtual convictions, his paranoia intensifies during the course of his 24-hour cross-town odyssey. Packer starts to piece together clues that lead him to a most terrifying secret: his imminent assassination.
“Cosmopolis” premiered at the Cannes Film Festival on May 25. It has received uneven reviews. Justin Chang of Variety calls the film “an eerily precise match of filmmaker and material, ‘Cosmopolis’ probes the soullessness of the 1 percent. … Pattinson’s excellent performance reps an indispensable asset.”
Shawn Levy of the Portland Oregonian writes that “the journey on which [the director] takes us may not satisfy in the ways we normally ask of movies, but if it did, it wouldn’t be a Cronenberg, would it?”
But Owen Gleiberman of Entertainment Weekly captures the film’s critical flaw when he dubs the film “an elaborate, overheated lecture … Robert Pattinson delivers … with rhythmic confidence, but he’s not playing a character, he’s playing an abstraction.”
The historic Sunrise Theater, located at 250 NW Broad St. in Southern Pines, is nonprofit. Ticket prices are $7 and are only available at the box office prior to shows. Refreshments, including beer and wine, are available.
For information about this film or other cultural events at the Sunrise, call (910) 692-8501 or visit www.sunrisetheater.com.
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