28-year old Eric Packer (Robert Pattinson, R-Patz to his friends) is something of a financial genius, held aloft like a king by the economic world. Having always been one step ahead, Packer's paranoia mounts as he becomes fixated on the rapidly growing exchange rate of the Yuan, which counters his bet against it as a growing currency. With capitalism seemingly heading towards a demise of sorts, Packer - bizarrely - appears solely committed to achieving one thing: getting a haircut from his father's old barber. As his trip across mid-town Manhattan unfolds, Packer starts to piece together clues that lead him to a most terrifying secret - his imminent assassination.
To successfully achieve yet another complex literary adaptation, Cronenberg has employed real wealth and diversity in talent to deliver his own interpretation of Cosmopolis. With Pattinson, star of The Twilight Saga, as his lead, Cronenberg clearly took something of a gamble in casting his enigmatic central protagonist. Regardless, Pattinson produces a performance rich in mood, tone and delivery, comfortably embracing a plot full of seriously bizarre and awkwardly funny moments, vindicating the Canadian master's bold call. In support, Paul Giamatti, Juliette Binoche and Sarah Gadon are also well-chosen for their respective - if slight - roles.
Cosmopolis is a hugely timely piece that, during its production, fortuitously happened to mirror the various 'Occupy' movements taking place on a global scale. It's cinematic release is certainly foreboding, telling a dark story - in typical Cronenbergian fashion - that is very close to home today; a stylish think-piece for our times.