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A search for meaning...
After reading countless reviews and comments about how boring this film is and how Cronenberg missed the mark I just want to chime in with my own opinion.
I am a long-time Cronenberg fan. And I think he is at his best when he pushes the boundaries of cinema (Videodrome, Naked Lunch, Crash, etc.). This is a boundary-pushing film. It will upset a lot of people, but that's part of what this movie is about.
Honestly, without having read the novel or any sort of analysis about Cosmopolis it's hard to give a ready insightful review. I do know that the movie is dealing with some very heavy themes relating to capitalism and meaning.
Once you get onto this wave-length this film becomes exhilarating.
I think much of the dialogue in the film, and its apparent vacuousness, is an attempt to convey the loss of meaning resulting from the current state of capitalism. The banter, the back-and-forth, between each character is a search for real, meaningful connection.
With such a surplus of information, down to the most infinitesimal flow of capital, no one really understands what any of it means. The film itself is searching for meaning.
Cosmopolis takes a very daring approach to modern filmmaking and it succeeds, admirably I think.
If you want something that will prevent you from thinking or that will make you feel good, avoid this film at all costs. If you are open to intellectual engagement, Cosmopolis will feel like a warm bath.
I'm looking forward to a second viewing.