Agonisingly pretentious piffle from Robert Pattinson in his latest "horror sci-fi" Cosmopolis

Agonisingly pretentious piffle from Robert Pattinson in his latest 'horror sci-fi'

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23:44 GMT, 14 June 2012

COSMOPOLIS (15)

Verdict: A stupefying bore

Canadian auteur David Cronenberg can make intelligent, accessible films. But here is his most tedious picture yet — worse even than M. Butterfly, which sent audiences to sleep in 1993.

I’ve seen Cosmopolis described as ‘horror sci-fi’, but its audience-grabbing potential could hardly be further away from Alien or, indeed, Cronenberg’s grisly remake of The Fly.

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Vapid: Robert Pattinson plays a rich American in Cosmopolis

Vapid: Robert Pattinson plays a rich American in Cosmopolis

This is an agonisingly pretentious,
wordy account of a rich, vapid American (Robert Pattinson) crossing New
York in a limo and having didactic encounters with various
non-characters played by the likes of Juliette Binoche, Samantha Morton
and Paul Giamatti.

Based on a Don DeLillo novel, it’s suffused with generalised contempt for ‘cyber-capitalism’.

Less a searing indictment than a bad-tempered, incomprehensible rant, it’s turgid enough to test the patience of Ken Loach.

Mannered performances reek of actorish
self-regard. Devoid of meaning, dialogue that rings true or plausible
drama, this film is the antithesis of entertainment.

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