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  (in credits order)

Robert Pattinson ... Eric Packer

Sarah Gadon ... Elise Shifrin

Paul Giamatti ... Benno Levin

Kevin Durand ... Torval

Abdul Ayoola ... Ibrahim Hamadou

Juliette Binoche ... Didi Fancher

Emily Hampshire ... Jane Melman
Bob Bainborough ... Dr. Ingram

Samantha Morton ... Vija Kinsky
Zeljko Kecojevic ... Danko

Jay Baruchel ... Shiner
Philip Nozuka ... Michael Chin

Mathieu Amalric ... André Petrescu

Patricia McKenzie ... Kendra Hays
Ryan Kelly ... Rat Man #1
Nadeem Phillip ... Rat Man #2 (as Nadeem Umar-Khitab)
Albert Gomez ... Counterman (as Alberto Gomez)

Gouchy Boy ... Kosmo Thomas
David Schaap ... Arthur Rapp

Warren Chow ... Arthur's Attacker

George Touliatos ... Anthony Adubato

Jadyn Wong ... Money Channel Interviewer

K'Naan ... Brutha Fez
Inessa Frantowski ... Woman Holding Rat
Jonathan Seinen ... Man on Fire

Milton Barnes ... Videographer #1
John Batkis ... Photographer #1

Saad Siddiqui ... Photographer #2

Anna Hardwick ... Photographer #3 - Jenn
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Maria Juan Garcias ... (uncredited)
Conor Loftus ... Riot Officer (uncredited)
Paulette Sinclair ... Bag Lady (uncredited)

Directed by
David Cronenberg 
Writing credits
David Cronenberg (screenplay)

Don DeLillo (novel)

Produced by
Joseph Boccia .... line producer
Paulo Branco .... producer
Edouard Carmignac .... executive producer
Manuel Castelo-Branco .... associate producer
Walter Gasparovic .... associate producer
Martin Katz .... producer
Pierre-Ange Le Pogam .... executive producer
Grégoire Melin .... executive producer (as Gregoire Melin)
Adam Shaheen .... producer: titles, Cuppa Coffee Studios
Renee Tab .... executive producer
Original Music by
Howard Shore 
Cinematography by
Peter Suschitzky (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Ronald Sanders 
Casting by
Deirdre Bowen 
Production Design by
Arvinder Grewal  (as Arv Greywal)
Art Direction by
Joshu de Cartier 
Costume Design by
Denise Cronenberg 
Makeup Department
Chris Bridges .... special makeup effects artist
Stacey Butterworth .... wigmaker: Mr. Giamatti
Stephan Dupuis .... makeup designer
Paul R.J. Elliot .... key hair stylist (as Paul Elliot)
Sondra Treilhard .... assistant hair stylist
Dorota Zajac .... assistant makeup artist
Seth Rossman .... assistant special makeup effects artist (uncredited)
Production Management
Joseph Boccia .... production manager
Melissa Girotti .... production supervisor
Anne Mattatia .... post-production supervisor: France
Anne Mattatia .... production supervisor: France
Robin M. Reelis .... unit production manager (as Robin Reelis)
Lori A. Waters .... post-production supervisor (as Lori Waters)
Frederic Jupin .... post-production supervisor: Eclair Numérique (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Jack Boem .... second assistant director
Matt Coatsworth .... trainee assistant director
Tim Cushen .... trainee assistant director
Walter Gasparovic .... first assistant director
Kevin Hennelly .... third assistant director
Gerrod Shully .... third assistant director
Jeremy Whittaker .... assistant director
Jonathan Gajewski .... assistant director (uncredited)
Justin Gajewski .... assistant director (uncredited)
Art Department
Ken Clark .... lead man
Steven Conner .... assistant head carpenter (as Steve Conner)
Robert E. Cross .... set dresser
Clive D'Oliveira .... painter
Paul Dolgov .... painter
Ted Dudas .... scenic painter
Miro Dziwik .... head painter (as Miro Dwizik)
Gord Elliston .... on-set carpenter
David Evans .... on-set dresser
Brad Francis .... on-set scenic
John Fraser .... scenic painter
Doug Graham .... set dresser
Paul Hamilton .... carpenter
Ron Hewitt .... property master
Stefan Holmberg .... carpenter
Jon Hunter .... graphic designer
Michael Huschka .... assistant property master
Marc Kuitenbrouwer .... construction coordinator
Judy Kuntz .... painter
Matthew Lammerich .... key scenic artist
Patricia Larman .... set decoration buyer
Erin Leslie .... assistant key scenic
Jennifer MacDonald .... first assistant art director (as Jennifer C. MacDonald)
Anthony Manelli .... head carpenter
Shaun Martens .... second assistant art director
Mara McSweeny .... art department clearances
Matt Middleton .... set designer
Brad Milburn .... set designer
Ted Ovans .... carpenter
Gerrard Pace .... carpenter
Don Parks .... painter
Hubert Peddle .... carpenter
Charles Sharun .... scenic painter
Steve Shewchuk .... key set decorator
Geoffrey Smith .... set dresser
John Tawse .... laborer
John Todd .... carpenter
Dan Wladyka .... set dresser
Farrah Yip .... art department apprentice
Vicky Yolevski .... laborer
Traceley Young .... assistant head carpenter
Vicki Pui .... illustrator (uncredited)
Sound Department
Jonathan Acbard .... boom operator
Pierre Bariaud .... foley editor
Nicolas Becker .... foley artist
Rob Bertola .... sound effects editor
Aurélie Boileau .... foley editing post-poduction coordinator: Télétota
André Cappello .... foley recording auditorium: Télétota (as André Capello)
Gavin Coford .... second boom operator
Vincent Demortain .... sound mix technical director: Cinéphase
Nicolas Fioraso .... foley assistant
Alastair Gray .... adr editor
Alastair Gray .... dialogue editor
Vincent Gregorio .... dubbing editor - uncredited
Wayne Griffin .... supervising sound editor
Adrien Guillemot .... sound mix re-recording assistant: Cinéphase
Michel Monier .... sound consultant: dolby
Jean-Paul Mugel .... sound mixer
Michael O'Farrell .... re-recording mixer
Michael O'Farrell .... supervising sound editor
Julien Perez .... foley recordist
Alexis Phelipot .... foley editing post-production coordinator: Téétota
Brandon Prodger .... adr recordist: Canada, Urban Post Production
Olivier Roche .... sound mix re-recording assistant: Cinéphase
Jean-Yves Rousseau .... sound mix facility manager: Cinéphase
Yannick Roussille .... dubbing post-production coordinator: Télétota
Boris Schoene .... foley recording post-production coordinator: Télétota
Orest Sushko .... re-recording mixer
Vendome Uhl .... adr recordist: France, Studio Line
Fanny Weinzaepflen .... sound mix re-recording trainee: Cinéphase
Gren-Erich Zwicker .... first assistant sound editor
Mark DeSimone .... adr mixer: New York (uncredited)
Vincent Gregorio .... dubbing editor (uncredited)
Michael Miller .... adr mixer (uncredited)
Jean-Christophe Sabatier .... french dubbing recordist (uncredited)
Ric Schnupp .... adr recordist (uncredited)
Tim West .... adr mixer (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Warren Appleby .... special effects coordinator
Tim Barraball .... special effects assistant
Shuba Dasgupta .... first assistant special effects
Sam Hudecki .... motion graphics
John MacGillivray .... special effects rigging supervisor
Fiona MacPherson .... special effects administrator
Cameron Patterson .... workshop supervisor
Daniel White .... on-set special effects (as Danny White)
Visual Effects by
Mandy Au .... digital compositor: Mr. X Inc.
Vishal S. Bendre .... cg artist
Barb Benoit .... digital compositor: Mr. X Inc.
Dennis Berardi .... supervising visual effects producer: Mr. X Inc.
Kristy Blackwell .... digital compositor: Mr. X Inc.
Mike Borrett .... visual effects operations: Mr. X Inc.
James Bunk .... visual effects systems team: visual effects operations: Mr. X Inc.
Wilson Cameron .... visual effects producer: Mr. X Inc.
Andy Chan .... digital compositor: Mr. X Inc.
Dougie Cook .... digital compositor: Mr. X Inc.
James Cooper .... lead compositor: Mr. X Inc.
Gary Couto .... digital compositor: Mr. X Inc. (as Gary J. Couto)
Juan de Santiago .... modeling and texturing: Mr. X Inc.
Harshal Deshpande .... tracking lead
Michael DiCarlo .... on-set visual effects coordinator: Mr. X Inc.
Eddie Englander .... digital compositor: Mr. X Inc.
Rory Falloon .... visual effects systems team: visual effects operations: Mr. X Inc.
Naomi Foakes .... visual effects coordinator: Mr. X Inc.
Oliver Hearsey .... tracking/layout: Mr. X Inc.
Anuva Natarajan Iyer .... digital compositor
Anna Joukova .... digital compositor: Mr.X Inc
Matthew Lajoie .... tracking/layout: Mr. X Inc.
Jatinder Singh Manhas .... visual effects artist
Sarah McMurdo .... visual effects operations: Mr. X Inc.
Perrine Michel .... digital compositor: Mr. X Inc.
Chris Nguyen .... visual effects systems team: visual effects operations: Mr. X Inc.
Kelly Noordermeer .... visual effects operations: Mr. X Inc.
Briana Nuttall .... digital compositor: Mr. X Inc.
Anna Pacchioni .... digital compositor: Mr. X Inc.
Alessandro Pantanella .... digital compositor: Mr. X Inc.
Riaz Patel .... digital compositor
Diana Pazzano .... visual effects operations: Mr. X Inc.
Matthew Pellar .... visual effects operations: Mr. X Inc. (as Matt Pellar)
Chris Ross .... visual effects coordinator: Mr. X Inc.
V.W. Scheich .... visual effects producer: Locktix
Tamara Stone .... digital compositor: Mr. X Inc.
Jim Su .... visual effects rigging: Mr. X Inc.
Aaron Weintraub .... visual effects operations: Mr. X Inc.
Matt Philip Whelan .... lighting: Mr. X Inc. (as Matt Whelan)
Owen Williams .... digital compositor: Mr. X Inc.
Elizaveta Yankelovich .... visual effects operations: Mr. X Inc. (as Liz Yankelovich)
Wojciech Zielinski .... visual effects supervisor: Mr. X Inc.
Joseph Cheng Chen .... tracking and layout (uncredited)
Devin Dawkins .... digital artist (uncredited)
David Fix .... senior systems administrator: Mr. X Inc. (uncredited)
Lince Francis .... senior matchmover (uncredited)
Vinay Goenka .... digital compositor (uncredited)
Lince K.F. .... digital artist (uncredited)
Jesh Murthy .... visual effects (uncredited)
Rahul Roy .... compositor (uncredited)
Ian Spriggs .... senior character modeler (uncredited)
Kamal Kumar Tiwari .... compositor (uncredited)
Celine Zoleta .... production assistant: Mr. X (uncredited)
Dustin Brooks .... stunt safety
Chad Camilleri .... stunts
Brett Chan .... stunt performer
Lauro Chartrand .... stunts
Colin Decker .... stunt safety
Flint Eagle .... stunts
Brayden Jones .... stunts
Riley Jones .... stunts
Angelica Lisk-Hann .... stunts (as Angelica Lisk)
Regan Moore .... stunts
Layton Morrison .... stunt coordinator
Layton Morrison .... stunts
Efosa Otuomagie .... stunts (as Efosa Outamagie)
Dan Shea .... stunts
John Stoneham Jr. .... stunt coordinator
John Stoneham Sr. .... stunts
Camera and Electrical Department
Barrett Axford .... first assistant camera: "a" camera
David Breeze .... gaffer
Gilles Corbeil .... steadicam operator
Caitlin Cronenberg .... still photographer
Robert Daprato .... key grip
Christopher Dean .... key rigging grip
Tara Dixit .... second assistant camera
Nigel Draper .... dimmer board operator
Sam Eldridge .... generator operator
Tony Eldridge .... best boy electric
Robert Fayle .... electrics
David Foquin .... first assistant camera: tests
Jeff Hicks .... camera trainee
Monty Jatin Jang .... digital imaging technician trainee
Patrick King .... crane operator
Michael Kohne .... best boy grip
Fabian MacDonald .... grip
Jason McGowan .... dolly grip
Sean Osadzuk .... electrics
Marc Tardif .... camera trainee (as Mark Tardif)
Davidson Tate .... rigging gaffer
Frank Teunissen .... best boy rigging grip
Ralph Thompson .... electrics
Robert Vigus .... grip
Jasper Vrakking .... digital imaging technician
Michael Williams .... second assistant camera
Mikkel Zall .... cinematographer: behind the scenes (as Mikkel Zahl)
Robert Archer .... daily grip (uncredited)
Rocky Brown .... electrician (uncredited)
Ian C. Harris .... rigging best boy electric (uncredited)
Casting Department
Zameret Kleiman .... casting director: background
Christopher Richards .... casting associate
Tovah Small .... casting assistant
Jane Spencer .... background casting associate
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Patricia Boulden .... costume supervisor
Christina Cattle .... set costume supervisor
Jennifer Evans .... costume buyer
Roland Heizinger .... costume cutter/ tailor
Susan Nycz .... costume truck supervisor
Anne Peiponen .... extras costume coordinator (as Ann Peiponen)
Alan St. Germain .... assistant extras coordinator
Editorial Department
Peter Armstrong .... digital intermediate producer: Deluxe Post Production
Catherine Athon .... head of digital and photochemical post-production: Éclair Numérique
Kamel Ayoub .... shoot and transfer: Éclair Numérique
Thierry Beaumel .... post-production technical director: Éclair Numérique
Chris Blacklock .... digital dailies: Deluxe Post Production
Frédéric Casnin .... digital post-production: Éclair Numérique (as Frederic Casnin)
Bernie Clayton .... operator: video data centre: Deluxe Post Production
Benjamin Clement .... digital grading assistant: Éclair Numérique
Kevin Downer .... digital intermediate editor: Deluxe Post Production
Beatrice Fraschini .... post-production coordinator: Éclair Numérique (as Beatrice Fraschini Rey)
Pietro Gallo .... digital opticals: Deluxe Post Production
Clément Guégan .... digital conformation
Lee Hughes .... digital intermediate project manager: Deluxe Post Production
Isabelle Julien .... digital colorist: Éclair Numérique
Frederic Jupin .... digital post-production: Éclair Numérique
Mary Juric .... assistant editor
Robert Kfoury .... shoot and transfer: Éclair Numérique
Vanessa Lafaille .... digital grading department coordinator: Éclair Numérique
Marine Lepoutre .... photochemical timer: Éclair Numérique
Sonia Mariaulle .... trailer
Rui Martins .... digital dailies supervisor: Deluxe Post Production
Lucas Masson .... trailer
Tom Mayclim .... digital intermediate data i/o supervisor: Deluxe Post Production
Dave Muscat .... digital intermediate assistant: Deluxe Post Production
Eric Myles .... digital opticals: Deluxe Post Production
Michael Paterson .... dailies project manager: Deluxe Post Production
Michael Paterson .... digital intermediate project manager: Deluxe Post Production
Nick Paulozza .... digital intermediate imaging supervisor: Deluxe Post Production
Sandy Pereira .... first assistant editor (as Sandy M. Pereira)
Patrick Perron .... operator: video data centre: Deluxe Post Production
Trevor Pickard .... digital intermediate data wrangler: Deluxe Post Production
Emma Sanders .... post-production coordinator (as Emma Sanders Finlayson)
Alison Schouten .... digital intermediate assistant: Deluxe Post Production
Mike Seeley .... operator: video data centre: Deluxe Post Production
Mark Thorp .... digital intermediate technical resource manager: Deluxe Post Production
Karim El Katari .... color timer: Éclair Numérique (uncredited)
Location Management
Mustapha Nait Ali .... assistant location manager: France
Jared Burton .... location production assistant
Richard Hughes .... location manager
John Rakich .... assistant location manager
Drew Taylor .... location assistant
Music Department
Jennifer L. Dunnington .... music editor
Metric .... music performed by
John O'Mahony .... score mixer
Liam O'Neil .... music recordist: Giant Studios
Howard Shore .... music producer
Amy Baer .... music preparation (uncredited)
Alan Frey .... music production coordinator (uncredited)
James Sizemore .... music programmer (uncredited)
Transportation Department
James Beaudrow .... unit driver (as Jim Beaudrow)
John Bignell .... driver
John Cocks .... driver: Mr. Pattinson
Matthew Garland .... driver (as Matt Garland)
Scott Hutchings .... picture car co-captain
Mike Kieler .... driver
Bill Leeking .... driver
Paul Marshall .... transportation captain
Bryan McArthur .... driver: construction
John Ozlins .... transportation coordinator (as John Ozolins)
Regina Petrik .... driver (as Regina Popp)
Brian Travers .... driver
Maurice Tremblay .... transportation co-captain
Jim Vigus .... driver: set decoration
Dave Wilson .... picture car captain (as David R. Wilson)
Other crew
Gina Barbier .... sales manager: Tékétota
Frederic Baroudel .... sales manager: Éclair Numérique
Leor Boshi .... office production assistant
Dillon Bowman .... office production assistant
Jonathan Bronfman .... assistant: Mr. Katz
Samy Chandiramani .... sales manager: Tékétota
Alex Cho .... production financing: Union Bank
Shaun Coughlin .... third assistant accountant
Nadia Day .... assistant post-production accountant
Jonathan Gardner .... legal services: Cohen Gardner
John Gaskin .... production accountant
Sharon Glicklich .... craft service: Stargrazing (as Sharon Gliklich)
Daniel L. Goldenberg .... legal services: Hall Webber (as Daniel Goldenberg)
Jeffrey Hawkes .... assistant: Mr. Pattinson
Eugene Henry .... assistant: Mr. Katz (as Eugene M. Henry)
Sara Holmes .... post-production accountant
Joe Iacono .... auditor: Weisbord Del Gaudio Iacono
Martin Jerome .... assistant to producer
Chantal Kemp .... office production assistant (as Chantal Leblanc-Everett)
Bryan LaCour .... production financing: Union Bank
Bertrand Le Goff .... legal services: Taylor Wessing
Eric Leprêtre .... accountant: France (as Eric LePretre)
Jessica Lister .... craft service: Stargrazing
Sophie Lombardo .... accountant: France
Luz Magcawas .... payroll accountant
Lisa Mahal .... assistant: Mr. Cronenberg
Christopher Marren .... adr loop group leader (as Chris Marren)
Tommy Matejka .... stand-in: Mr. Pattinson
Eleanor Mendes .... production coordinator
Carla Meyer .... dialogue coach: adr
Tim Monich .... dialogue coach
Matt Nelson .... second assistant accountant
Trevor Pickett .... office production assistant
Andy Plaitis .... coordinator: lsp
Archie Rodrigues .... travel agent
Linda Rose .... accountant: visual effects, Mr. X Inc.
Dug Rotstein .... script supervisor (as Douglas Rotstein)
Yannick Roussille .... subtitling and audiodescription post-production coordinator: Télétota
Julita Santos .... assistant: Mr. Branco
Cristiana Sena .... assistant: Mr. Branco
Amir Senat .... craft service: Stargrazing
Lisa Shamata .... unit publicist
Meghan Smith .... on-set medic
Justin Stephenson .... titles design director: Cuppa Coffee Studios
Jen Stivala .... first assistant accountant
Charles Taylor .... head armorer: Movie Armaments Group
Claire Tomasini .... office production assistant
Christian Valsamidis .... legal services: Taylor Wessing
Vanessa Whittaker .... assistant production coordinator
Laurent Boyé .... international festival publicity team: telefilm canada (uncredited)
Paul Chodirker .... legal services (uncredited)
Ken Dhaliwal .... finance legal (uncredited)
Lon J. Hall .... legal counsel (uncredited)
Miriam Laurence .... dialect coach (uncredited)
Christiane Sommermeier .... marketing (uncredited)
Juan Branco .... special thanks

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Rated R for some strong sexual content including graphic nudity, violence and language
109 min
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[first lines]
Eric Packer:I wanna a haircut.
Torval:The president's in town.
Eric Packer:We don't care. We need a haircut. We need to go crosstown.
Torval:You will hit traffic that speaks in quarter inches.
Eric Packer:Just so I know. Which president are we talking about?
Torval:United States. Barriers will be set up. Entire streets deleted from the map.
Eric Packer:Show me my car.
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169 out of 264 people found the following review useful.
Unpredictable absurd comedy, perfect midnight movie, 6 June 2012
Author: saad_sa11 from Prague, Czech Republic

"And a rat became the unit of currency."

I loved it, but it won't be for everyone. This is most definitely a midnight movie. It's a challenging and dense movie, not much of a plot, with the focus on lots of talking and long shots. A neo noir in looks and feel about corporations, capitalism, the future, rats as currency, and a highly philosophical, self-destructive corporate analyst of some clandestine organization simply called "Complex".

From the first shot to the last, you're always following Eric Packer (Robert Pattinson) in nearly every scene, so everything's seen from his perspective. It's mostly a single-location movie where Eric talks to random dudes related to his company or any woman in his white stretch cyber-pimped limo with an huge protest in the background. Oh man, it looks awesome and gets messed up over the course of the film. If you're a fan of David Mamet and Richard Linklater's works like Before Sunset, Waking Life, Glengarry Glen Ross, and especially Edmond (another great midnight neo- noir), you'll feel comfortable with the pacing. A lot of talking, one- takes, long takes, of people talking about very dense corporate details with not much sense that might go over your head in a first watch. It feels very much based off a play or novel where incredibly verbose characters pontificate about corporations, the world, and time in weirdly absurd conversations. But it's not a film where all those cinematic techniques are evident or shoved into your face, I just happened to notice he had been talking to a sweaty jogger of a mother who's also Eric's chief of finance while he had his prostate examined in his limo for 6 straight minutes.

Eric Packer is a cold, alienated, and highly self-destructive almost- sociopath who goes on about the philosophy of time, corporations, how the world works, violence, and any other topic. His character reminded me heavily of Patrick Bateman (Christian Bale) in American Psycho, just without all the 90s pop culture and music references. The self-destructive and hedonistic urges of upper class socialites is evident in most Cronenberg movies, and Eric is no different. The dude's bored with the world, disillusioned, and is a thrill seeker just so he can feel real while he spends most of his time in a purgatory-like limo. Like most of these heavy talking movies, the plot is sparse and it's just Eric wants to get to a barber for a haircut which hints that it's an absurd satire/comedy. He's adamant of making the trek in his white cyber limo eternally stuck in New York traffic over a whole day that goes into night instead of just walking across the street which would only take 5 min. It's almost an absurd comedy at times, like having his prostate examined in his limo by his personal doctor while talking to someone, or he and Benno (Paul Giamatti) casually shooting up an apartment and at each other with futuristic guns in the weirdest Mexican standoff. How he's so stubborn about staying in his limo even though some big, distractive "imminent scenario" is about to happen. How funny it is people related to his Complex company just happen to see his limo and jump in for a long convo.

Robert Pattinson is a captivating actor to watch, and the camera is transfixed to his face even when it's cream-pied later on thanks to an anarchist protester or "pastry assassin" played by Mathieu Amalric (Quantum of Solace, Diving Bell and the Butterfly). There's another famous French actor here with Juliette Binoche (Certified Copy, Three Colors: Blue) playing a highly sexual 41 year old "friend". This is a challenging role for Pattinson, not really for the character he plays of an upper class corporate man, but how he spars against highly experienced, well-known actors in very long single takes or one-shots. Actors just acting a lot in that stage-y way. These actors seem to come and go with not much of an arc between their characters except for a couple, as is the case with most of these heavy talking movies more focused on the journey (Waking Life, Edmond).

It's a bizarre movie, one that will require quite a few re-watches just to get the nuances of the incredibly dense and fast flowing conversations. Also, the rat protesters reminded me of eXistenZ, and the film works almost as a counter-point to that movie where instead of the anarchists, we're on the side of corporate.

I can see some people not liking the movie just because of the pacing and heavy talking nature of it, but being in love with such midnight stage-y movies like Edmond, or talky Richard Linklater films I was not as confused. The verbose conversations can only have been based off a novel. Samantha Morton as Eric's "Chief of Theory" talks about stuff you won't understand on first watch, and is emblematic of how the film's dialog gives more than you can handle, which is why I can see Cosmopolis being ripe for rewatchability. It's really an absurd comedy and satire at times with a pretty serious and cool ending scene with Paul Giamatti. People who were expecting Cronenberg's early body horror might be disappointed although there are some choice moments, but the film's definitely in his older speculative techno sci-fi style.

"My prostate's asymmetrical."

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