Cosmopolis (Film)

Source: IMDb

What is it?

The 2012 Canadian-French-Italian-Portuguese drama-thriller film Cosmopolis that was written and directed and produced by David Cronenberg and stars Robert PattinsonPaul GiamattiSamantha MortonSarah GadonMathieu AmalricJuliette BinocheJay Baruchel and Kevin Durand; and was based on the book Cosmopolis by the author Don DeLillo.

What is it about?

Here is how the Metacritic describes this movie:

Unfolding in a single cataclysmic day, the story follows Eric Packer – 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. (Entertainment One)

Final Thoughts

Every single video review of this movie that I saw on YouTube so far was negative, every reviewer that I saw did not like this movie or understand this movie, and most of them felt that it was pretentious and pointless and slow and boring and that it did not make sense to them at all.

I seem to be one of the few people who did not hate this movie (but I did not like the character Elise Packer (Elise Shifrin) and how that character was acted) and I seem to be one of the few people who could somewhat understand this movie and who probably somewhat liked this movie, I thought that this movie was different and philosophical, and I was able to relate to it and understand it more than any of the critics that I saw so far.

I watched this movie a few years ago alone at night when I was in a philosophical and thinking mood and when I was at a certain point in my life and when this movie felt relevant at the time, maybe that made a difference, and so maybe this movie is better watched under those conditions.

I was probably able to relate to this movie more because I think a lot and when I am alone I sometimes think out-loud especially at night which is when I often do my best and deepest and most philosophical thinking, the flow and dialogue of this movie is like that, and so this movie and the flow of this movie and the dialogue between characters is like listening to people thinking out-loud to each other very philosophically on various topics in a way that is not common in most movies or real life.


So this movie will probably be harder to relate to and understand for some people, especially if you do not like philosophy, and if you are someone who does not do a lot of thinking (especially deeper thought) on various topics.

The dialogue can get confusing and complex and random at times because it flows more like people thinking philosophical thoughts out-loud, even I could not make much sense of some of it, but that is how things are in real-life with our own thoughts at times because sometimes our thoughts make sense and sometimes they do not and they can flow randomly and fast at times like some of the dialogue in this movie.

The main character Eric Packer (played by Robert Pattinson) (who has bodyguards) is basically slowly going through the city having philosophical conversations with various people he meets on his way to get a haircut (there is more that happens of course), which will probably bore some people, but if you are in the mood for something like this you can consider watching this movie at least once.

Here is one of the songs that was featured in this movie:

Here is a short video by the Wall Street Journal about this movie:

The end,

-John Jr


A Cosmopolis Inspired Dream At A Jail

Source: Wikipedia

I got awakened suddenly from a dream during the night thinking that someone had opened the bedroom door and said something to me, so I awakened suddenly probably saying/asking “Huh?”, but no one was there and the door was closed.

I remembered part of one dream but my memory of the dream faded after being awakened suddenly and as I tried to figure out if I had imagined that someone/something had opened the door and said something to me (maybe someone opened a door loudly somewhere else in the house and said something to someone else in the house causing me to wake up), and so now I barely remember part of the end of my last dream.

The dream took place during the day at a fictional jail where the D Jail should be and the dream seemed to slightly be inspired by the movie Cosmopolis, which I watched last night before going to sleep, and the chief of security for the main character in that movie was in my dream protecting another rich man with whitish colored skin who was older than the main character in that movie and his family.

Somehow I went to the jail and I ended up being trapped in a video game-like thing where some prisoners would spawn as villains like The Joker from the Batman movies, and some people would spawn as heroes like Batman and movie characters played by the actor Bruce Willis.

The heroes would get weapons like flamethrowers and they would hunt and kill the villains, and so the villains would have to run/hide/fight back to survive; and when you die you re-spawn again in the jail, and the video game-like thing continued.

I remember spawning as The Joker in a jail-looking part of the building as I saw and heard villains running around, hiding, and being burned to death/killed and re-spawning again; and the rich man, his family, his female assistant, and his chief of security watched in another room at the front of the building.

I remember focusing on running and hiding around the middle part of the building which looked like a nice house with nice carpets and a study/reading room and hallways, and another Joker villain and I hid in the study room until a Bruce Willis character with a flamethrower found us and attacked us burning the other Joker alive.

I ran around dodging his attacks until I reached the hallway but then the flames started burning me and I could not move much, it hurt somewhat, and I burned alive until I died; and I re-spawned in the jail-like part of the building.

I probably died several times and then I somehow became another prisoner who had whitish colored skin but I forgot how he looked and at some point the video game-like thing ended when the rich man called an end to it, and the rich man selected a few of us prisoner to meet him and the others in his group in the room at the front of the building.

His chief of security did not like this but the rich man did not care, the rich man talked to us briefly, and then he selected me and he sent the other prisoners away; and the rich man explained to the others and me that he had chosen me, and he explained a few of the reasons why but it was still not clear why he was choosing me and for what.

It seemed that he noticed that I was not the violent type but I would defend myself and others if necessary and that I was pretty good at it, that I was pretty good at running/hiding/dodging/surviving/making strategies and helping others, that I would probably not harm his family and him, that I was mentally/emotionally/socially/physically stable enough to handle the video game-like thing, et cetera.

Once again his chief of security did not like this and the thought of me being allowed around the rich man and his family and them/him but the rich man did not care, and the rich man showed me video clips and medical data (heart rate, blood pressure, and other physical/mental/emotional measurements/data) about me from when I was in the video game-like thing.

But I woke up before I could make sense of what he was choosing me for and why exactly.

The end,

-John Jr