With movies including The Fly, Videodrome, A History of Violence and Eastern Promises director David Cronenberg has built an impressive filmography (currently 39 titles to his name on IMDB) and I’m always interested in what his next movie will be. The first image I saw of it, with Robert Pattinson (who I’ve never seen act before) sitting in the back of the limo looked interesting and although I didn’t immediately head for the cinema to see it, it remained on my “to watch” list. After seeing it though I’m not sure I should have put it on that list.
The story is about Eric Packer (Pattinson), a rich guy who wants to get a haircut on the other side of town, which at that moment is full of events which make it unsafe for him to travel there in his limo. Despite advice against it he still decides to go for it and as a viewer you get to ride along and see what goes on during his daily routine. People get in and out of the car to discuss business or events that happen in the world, a doctor gets in to examine thoroughly and Packer gets feeds of information about stocks and other things right underneath his fingertips, able to make quick decisions. The limousine looks impressive and the movie looks great too, but it really wasn’t one I was able to enjoy at all. First of all were the conversations which took place. They are mostly about things that just didn’t make a lot of sense. I understand a lot of what you are watching is these people representing specific ideas, but when talking about specific subjects I had a hard time staying engaged. There is a moment in the movie in which Packer’s wife says “Tell me what that means” and that’s the feeling I had during the whole movie. It also didn’t help that the delivery of the dialog felt unnatural. Maybe this was done on purpose, but later in the movie when he talks to his hairdresser (and during some other moments) that coldness and robotic way of talking isn’t present, so it left me wondering if this was done on purpose. It definitely isn’t how people normally talk.
So I had some serious issues with this film and had a very hard time getting through all of it, struggling to get to the end. So it won’t be a surprise then that I won’t be recommending this to others. It is a beautiful looking movie, but not one everyone will be able to enjoy. It surely isn’t anything like the trailer makes it out to be.