Riding across Manhattan in a stretch limo in order to get a haircut, a 28-year-old billionaire asset manager's day devolves into an odyssey with a cast of characters that start to tear his world apart.
Georges and Anne are in their eighties. They are cultivated, retired music teachers. Their daughter, who is also a musician, lives abroad with her family. One day, Anne has an attack. The couple's bond of love is severely tested.
Riding across Manhattan in a stretch limo in order to get a haircut, a 28-year-old billionaire asset manager's day devolves into an odyssey with a cast of characters that start to tear his world apart. Written by
Young billionaire Eric Packer (Robert Pattinson) decides to take his
stretch limo across New York City for a haircut. Along the way he
conducts business, meets friends, family and acquaintances before being
mobbed by anarchists and confronting someone who has malicious intent
to harm him.
This film reminded me of a good Shakespearean play; I only understood
about half of it but enjoyed it a lot. There are long elongated
stretches of duelling dialogue which are spoken in a half alien
language of metaphors and double meanings. The word 'this' takes on new
meanings and is used in it feels like almost every sentence. Much
like a Shakespearean play there are odd comic moments and in keeping
with Director David Cronenberg's cannon, brief scenes of extreme
violence. These few instances ignited some of the more drawn out and
dare I say duller scenes to keep the audience on tenterhooks. Despite
these flashes this wont be a film for everyone and a man next to me in
an early afternoon screening fell asleep while a couple on the row in
front left about half way in.
Robert Patz' character reminded me a little of Michael Fassbender's in
Shame. Both felt like they were on a path to destruction which they
both sort of wanted or at least drew themselves towards. R-Pattinson
defies the advice of his security to actively search out trouble and
seems to show no emotion in doing so. In fact there is very little
emotion in any scene and the whole cast seem to live in a world of
robots. Sarah Gadon plays Robbie-P's wife as an android with almost no
movement or signs of feeling. Equally The Robster's bodyguard played by
Kevin Durand is focused solely on his employer's safety and shows no
signs of living in a world outside of the film. This and also the
cinematography lead me to wonder if the film was set inside a dream. It
certainly had a dreamlike quality to it. Pattinson is surprisingly
excellent in this film, playing a character that is sealed off from the
outside world in such a way that he barely notices when it is crumbling
in front of him. He has stoicism and magnetism that is rarely matched
As I said a couple of paragraphs ago I didn't understand a lot of what
was actually going on. There is a lot of financial talk and discussions
on a metaphysical level which went over my head. None of this stopped
me enjoying myself though and I only felt bored once, in a long scene
featuring Rob-Patz and Paul Giamatti. The scene was livened up though
by a wonderful creeping score which slowing increased in volume as the
tension racked up as well as a short sharp burst of violence.
This film definitely won't be for everyone but I do hope hordes of
young Twilight fans go and get bitterly disappointed and confused.
Personally I thought it was very good but felt perplexed at times.
Unlike the source novel the ending is slightly ambiguous which I felt
was a good thing. This is a film I'd recommend to hardcore Cronenberg
fans and anyone who doesn't mind having to think a little but if you're
only interested in Rizzle-Patz cos' he's super hunky then stay away.
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