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On the spur of the moment, twenty-eight year old Manhattan self-made multi-billionaire Eric Packer decides he wants to get a haircut from his regular and longtime barber across town, a difficult journey today if only because of the traffic gridlock from three high profile but vastly different events taking place in the borough, including a wandering anarchist protest, they who largely use dead rats as their symbol of protest. Through his trek, Eric, most taking place in his stretch limousine, meets with several business associates - some with as esoteric job titles as Head of Theory - and personal acquaintances, including his several week bride, Elise, a wealthy woman in her own right with who he still has a somewhat distant relationship if only because they don't really know each other. The start of Eric's day ends much differently than the end as his personal fortune largely hinges on external forces in relation to a speculative currency transaction, and as he learns that someone is...Written by
David Cronenberg wrote the script in six days. He has admitted that when he converted the book into screenplay format on his computer, he realized it was so perfect that his only work was to separate dialogs from narration. See more »
I wanna a haircut.
The president's in town.
We don't care. We need a haircut. We need to go crosstown.
You will hit traffic that speaks in quarter inches.
Just so I know. Which president are we talking about?
United States. Barriers will be set up. Entire streets deleted from the map.
Show me my car.
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Robert Pattinson plays a guy who practically lives in his stretch limo. He is a billionaire money manager who can get anything he wants. Except things start going wrong. This has many interesting actors including Juliette Binoche, Sarah Gadon, Juliette Binoche, Samantha Morton, and Jay Baruchel.
David Cronenberg directed this film. He's always been known for an experimental bent on his creations. But instead of his usual visual experimentation, he's trying for something different. It's hard to describe this movie. The best that I can come up with is a run-on sentence. The acting, the dialog are all very mannered. There is very little emotional display from most of the lead actors especially Robert Pattinson, and Sarah Gadon. Before you say something mean-spirited, it's deliberate. The story, the characters just keeps coming and coming without much emotional drama. It get going about an hour in as chaos start to descend on his world. Just because I see Cronenberg is experimenting, it doesn't mean that I think it's a good movie. It's a hard movie to watch. There's very little to grab on to. The experiment is not successful.
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