Thursday, March 22, 2012

Twilight star menaced by Tasers, rats and Cronenberg

Love the Twilight movies or hate them, they've made Robert Pattinson a star. Now that the film series is winding down, it's time to see if the pretty boy who made vampires suck has the chops for a legitimate film career.

To Pattinson's credit, he's doing everything he can to erase his Edward image by starring in director David Cronenberg's Cosmopolis.

Based on Don DeLillo's novel, Pattinson plays a nihilistic Wall Street whiz, who takes a 24-hour limo trip through Manhattan, doing various ungentlemanly things as he bleeds out his fortune in the stock market. This involves engaging in weird sex, brutal violence and being menaced by giant fucking rats. 

This is a return to the surreal, fucked-up style of filmmaking Cronenberg descended into between his horror films and the awesomeness that is A History of Violence and Eastern Promises. I wasn't much for this phase, but kudos to Cronenberg and Pattinson for taking some career risks.

The film, which was shot in Toronto last summer, co-stars Sarah Gadon, Samantha Morton, Jay Baruchel, Paul Giamatti and rapper K’naan and is rumoured to premiere at Cannes May 23. Check out the teaser trailer and share your thoughts, Basement Dwellers.

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