updated - May 24, 2013 Friday EDT
Robert Pattinson is back doing what he does best - acting. The British actor stars in a new philosophical drama "Cosmopolis" that opens tomorrow - which is a completely different drama from what his life is currently in.
Kristen Stewart - his "Twilight" costar and girlfriend, was caught cheating on him with British director Rupert Sanders. Despite all the media attention, Pattinson has been keeping all his promotional obligations for his upcoming movie "Cosmopolis" which has meant he's endured awkward interview after awkward interview, first with Jon Stewart on "The Daily Show", and then on "Good Morning America." He has carefully avoided talking about the cheating scandal.
In this new movie, Cosmopolis, Pattinson plays Eric Packer, a 28-year-old billionaire finance honcho who drifts across New York City in a technologically advanced limo on his way to get a haircut. The philosophical new dark drama is directed by David Cronenberg, who brought audiences a twisted tale of twin gynecologists in Dead Ringers, and hobbyists with sexual fetishes for car accidents in Crash. But one can always hope for fare as cleverly creepy as The Fly or as tensely multidimensional as Eastern Promises.
Eric Packer (Pattinson) is by most measures a hollow man - arrogant, indifferent, insolent. But the man, who wants for nothing, wants for more. So Eric spends most of the movie driven to greater and greater narcissistic extremes simply to feel anything.
USA Today: Cosmopolis, based on Don DeLillo's 2003 novel about capitalist excess, could be regarded as a wake-up call for clueless one-percenters. But the film is willfully confounding, indulgent, claustrophobic and obfuscating, more concerned with attitude than clarity of focus. It's all vapid snark, didactic sermonizing and bewildering shock tactics.
LA Weekly: "Cronenberg, the great auteur of the divided self, seems to run out of fuel after that, even as the story's structure gives him further opportunity to explore his pet themes. To the extent that Cosmopolisfunctions as a super-literal conceptual exercise, it's simultaneously irritating and fascinating. But much of the film fails to function as drama, and never more so than in the interminable final scene, a two-hander in which Packer finally confronts his would-be assassin in what could be rooms of his own mind."
Huffington Post: "...Whenever he strays outside the Twilight compound, Pattinson is a dull actor who projects no interior life or even the semblance of thought.... In the company of actual actors, Pattinson is reduced to a piece of furniture, most of which displays more expressiveness than the immortal R-Patz. As one would expect from Cronenberg, there are sudden moments of shocking violence to go with the moments of unsexy sex. None of it will distract you from the fact that this limo, like the whole enterprise titled Cosmopolis, is going nowhere."
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