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Robert Pattinson in 'Cosmopolis' trailer

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What exactly is David Cronenberg’s upcoming film Cosmopolis about? From what I can glean from the new full-length trailer, it’s a convoluted tale of murder, money, guns, sewer rats, riots, sex, and power in New York City, with Robert Pattinson as an ambitious Patrick Bateman-like assets manager at the center of it all. Pattinson plays Eric Packer, the 28-year-old millionaire protagonist who treks across Manhattan to… get a haircut.

Of course, if you’ve read the 2003 novel of the same name by Don DeLillo (White Noise) on which the film is based, you’ll understand the trailer and plot far better than I do. Still, the drama—competing for the Palme d’Or prize at this year’s Cannes Film Festival—looks exceptionally compelling, and the little Cronenberg cinematic idiosyncrasies look downright fascinating. Take a peek at the new trailer below (and if you ask me, his hair looks fine):

Readers, talk amongst yourselves. I’ll give you a topic: Robert Pattinson takes a gun and shoots his own hand. Discuss.

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