Monday, September 3, 2012

Movie Monday: "Cosmopolis"

I love books (clearly) and I love movies, so I thought it would be fun to feature more book-to-movie info on Steph's Stacks. I would love to hear about some of your most anticipated book-to-movie releases!

After a strong showing at Cannes, Cosmopolis is primed and ready to hit the U.S.  Rob Patt's latest non-vampy flick is currently in limited release with hopefully more theaters being added soon. For those of us not on the coastal edges of the United States, we'll have to make due with trailers and production stills for now. Early buzz is extremely divided and Cosmopolis may just be one of those movies that you have to judge for yourself. The novel Cosmopolis, however, has received rave reviews pretty much across the board and has now been added to my mountainous TBR pile...


It is an April day in the year 2000 and an era is about to end. The booming times of market optimism -- when the culture boiled with money and corporations seemed more vital and influential than governments -- are poised to crash. Eric Packer, a billionaire asset manager at age twenty-eight, emerges from his penthouse triplex and settles into his lavishly customized white stretch limousine.

Today he is a man with two missions: to pursue a cataclysmic bet against the yen and to get a haircut across town. Stalled in traffic by a presidential motorcade, a music idol's funeral, and a violent political demonstration, Eric receives a string of visitors -- experts on security, technology, currency, finance, and a few sexual partners -- as the limo sputters toward an increasingly uncertain future.

Cosmopolis, Don DeLillo's thirteenth novel, is both intimate and global, a vivid and moving account of the spectacular downfall of one man, and of an era.

“There are dead stars that still shine because their light is trapped in time. Where do I stand in this light, which does not strictly exist?”
“People think about who they are in the stillest hour of the night. I carry this thought, the child's mystery and terror of this thought, I feel this immensity in my soul every second of my life.”


Director: David Cronenberg

Writers: David Cronenberg (screenplay), Don DeLillo (novel)

Stars: Robert Pattinson, Juliette Binoche and Sarah Gadon

From director David Cronenberg (A HISTORY OF VIOLENCE, DEAD RINGERS, THE FLY, EASTERN PROMISES) and based on the prophetic novel by Don DeLillo, comes COSMOPOLIS, a contemporary thriller that turns into a wild, hypnotic odyssey through our new millennium’s obsessions with power, money, control, information, technology, violence, sex, mortality, revolution, destruction and ultimately, redemption.  Unfolding in a single cataclysmic day, the story follows Eric Packer (Robert Pattinson) – a 28-year old financial whiz kid and billionaire asset manager – as he heads out in his tricked-out stretch limo to get a haircut from his father’s old barber, while remotely wagering his company’s massive fortune on a bet against the Chinese Yuan.  Packer’s luxe trip across the city quickly becomes dizzyingly hellish as he encounters explosive city riots, a parade of provocative visitors, and is thrust into a myriad of intimate encounters.  Having started the day with everything, believing he is the future, Packer’s perfectly ordered, doubt-free world is about to implode.

Produced by Paulo Branco and Martin Katz, COSMOPOLIS also stars Juliette Binoche, Sarah Gadon,  Mathieu Amalric, Jay Baruchel, Kevin Durand, K’Naan, Emily Hampshire with Samantha Morton and Paul Giamatti.
 -- (C) Official Site

Early buzz is divided (as evidenced by the two reviews below) with a 64% positive critics rating on Rotten Tomatoes and a 47% positive viewers rating.

"The movie isn't for everyone. But if it grabs you, prepare for it to stick in your head for days." - Rene Rodriguez , Miami Herald - Full Review

"The film is all too faithful to its un-cinematic source." - Colin Covert , Minneapolis Star Tribune - Full Review

Next Week: CBS' Elementary
Starring Jonny Lee Miller and Lucy Liu. Based on the Sherlock Holmes series by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.

What book-to-movie adaptation are you excited to see? Feel free to share in the comments below!

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