Cosmopolis follows the story of Eric Packer, played by Robert Pattinson. Cosmopolis is based on a novel by Don DeLillo. Cosmopolis is directed by critical acclaimed David Cronenberg. Eric travels across Midtown Manhatten in his white limousine that also serves as a office in motion. Much of the film takes place in the interior of the limo.
Themes of the film combine drama, science fiction and fantasy. Traffic slows Eric's chauffeured progress to his father's favorite old barbershop. New York City is alive with a presidential visit, violent anti-capitalist protesters and the funeral of a famous rapper who Eric admired.
As he travels, Eric watches the exchange rate of the yuan currency. His risky financial bets are working against him. Financial ruin is close at hand for Eric. The traffic causes his odyssey to take up a better part of the day. Most of the movie takes place in sequenced meetings and appointments including a prostate exam in the back of the limo. A pie is thrown in his face by a pie-throwing protester, played by Mathieu Amalric. Eric's distant wife, Elise Shifrin is played by Sarah Gadon. Eric encounters his new wife throughout the day. Eric's focus on wealth and power, render him somewhat disconnected and empty in his own reality. His greed and desire is amplified in his unfaithful encounters with a body guard, Kendra Hays played by Patricia McKenzie and an art collector, Didi Fancher played by Juliette Binoche.
In a moment of simplicity in the film, he arrives in what seems a new world; the family-owned barbershop of his youth. After the hair cut, his financial holdings crumble before his eyes. A disgruntled employee Benno Levin, played by Paul Giamatti seeks to end his life. Eric responds with an act of self-mutilation that shocks.
This film is rated R for sexuality and violence.