Watch: Official US Trailer for 'Cosmopolis'

Robert Pattinson in Cosmopolis
Robert Pattinson in Cosmopolis
Photo: eOne Films

While my interest in seeing David Cronenberg's Cosmopolis is slightly muted after its lackluster Cannes debut and the fact it is now in theaters in foreign markets and no one seems to really care, I am interested nonetheless. Today, hoping to get others interested in its upcoming August 17 domestic release, eOne Films has released the first official US trailer for the picture which stars Robert Pattinson in the lead role.

Based on the novel by Don DeLillo, the story follows newly married billionaire Eric Packer (Pattinson) as he cheats on his wife, is pursued by a stalker (Paul Giamatti), gets attacked by a protester and gradually loses his entire fortune over the course of a single day.

It's not like people hated this film out of Cannes, there just wasn't much excitement, though the Peter Howell quote at the end of this trailer certainly does paint a different picture. Check it out for yourself and let me know what you think.

  • jo

    i saw this one. i think most were expecting something entirely different. if anyone was familiar with the book, then they know what to expect. the dialogue is almost shakespearean, and it's easy to get lost watching it. i think this movie will be like crash, the regular audience hated it, but over the years it's gained a following and cult status. i enjoyed it, but like i said not everyone will. i think it's just based on how you perceive it.

  • Fan

    I'm very excited for this film. Cronenberg going back to his roots like Rickey Scott, both in the same year, very excited, can't wait!!!

  • AS

    Not impressed.

  • Viral

    first the Oz and now this - either its just both bad or i woke up on the wrong side of the bad - that looks terrible and RPatz spewing those lines is probably worse than him staring in twilight! what happened cronenberg!

  • Bill_the_Bear

    I keep forgetting that this hasn't opened in the States yet; it's been and gone here in Montréal.

    I was a bit iffy about the film when I saw it. I'd call the dialogue "pretentious" rather than "almost Shakespearian." Still, I've thought about it quite a bit since, and I will definitely want to see it again at some point.

    The trailer is slightly deceptive, in that it makes Jay Baruchel's character seem really more important than he is. In fact, he's only in the first few minutes of the film.

  • julie

    It definitely helps when you have read the book, but also the novel needs a second read to really enjoy the meanings of the quotes. I knew what to expect when I went to see the movie and I was far from disappointed, the film exceeded my expectations in every way. Cronenberg did a terrific job in adapting this difficult book and Pattinson brought Packer to life in a way no other actor of his age range could've done IMHO.
    The lack of promo in my country didn't play in Cosmopolis' favor. This movie needs an introduction so that people know what kind of film they can expect.
    It's sad that such an edgy movie with an actual theme suffers from lack of attention. Big film makers like Ingmar Bergman, Visconti, Godard used to make edgy movies and got a lot of recognition for it while their movies became classics. Nowadays the film audience wants a movie to be easy understood, even indie movies have beautiful but easy stories. Cosmopolis lets it up to the viewer to form his own opinion, good or bad. It doesn't explain nor is it clear about the story itself. I for once am glad that such projects still get made.
    English isn't my native language, sorry for mistakes.

  • Yaz

    Caught it tonight... I feel like, I likely didn't appreciate it as much as I will come to upon multiple viewings (if I can ever muster the willpower to sit through it again). I found it challenging... Pretty much fully comprised of exposition and little visual impact - sadly. WIth that said, I couldn't help but think there were messages here that I was not fully connecting with, and that there was more to be gained from watching it. I think I'd probably enjoy it a lot more in the comfort of my living room, sprawled out on the couch taking it all in when the mood strikes me. In the theatre tonight though... It was like pulling teeth at times.

    • Yaz

      Side note: That trailer makes it seem so much more badass than it actually is. Ah the power of advertising.