‘Carnage’ International Trailer: Oscar Winners Gone Wild

Published 3 years ago by , Updated March 3rd, 2014 at 7:06 am,

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If you’re in the mood to catch four decorated actors and actresses lose their collective… um, composure onscreen, then Roman Polanski’s Carnage could be exactly what you’re looking for.

An international trailer has been released for Polanski’s adaptation of Yasmina Reza’s acclaimed play, “God of Carnage”, a darkly satirical piece that revolves around a pair of upper-class New York couples whose attempts to resolve an issue in a civilized fashion quickly fly off the tracks.

Jodie Foster and John C. Reilly star in Carnage as Penelope and Michael, a married couple whose young son was hurt by the son of fellow rich and “sophisticated” couple, Nancy (Kate Winslet) and Alan (Christoph Waltz). The four of them meet together in the former’s apartment, in order to handle the situation with a delicate hand.

However, after about an hour or so of clashing views, consuming alcohol, and Alan’s constantly buzzing cellphone, things go (hilariously) wrong – and the gloves comes off, as the four adults break out into a take-no-prisoners verbal cat fight.

Check out the international Carnage trailer (note: it has some NSFW language) below:

Carnage could be one of Polanski’s more flat-out entertaining efforts with award potential released in a long time. It’s all the funnier to watch the film’s characters transition from acting posh and polite to juvenile and coming up with creative ways to slur one another (Winslet’s “human rights” line is definitely worth a chuckle) when you remember that the cast portraying them has won four Academy Awards in total. Needless to say, this ain’t your average piece of Oscar bait.

Waltz has certainly had an interesting year, between this and his roles in The Green Hornet, Water for Elephants, and this fall’s Three Musketeers; his turn as Michael in Carnage could be his best of the lot, allowing him to pull off the mix of sophistication and sadism, similar to that which he managed so well in Inglourious Basterds.

Foster and Winslet, by comparison, both look to have fun, playing “perfect” wives who finally begin to unravel at the seams. Reilly, the only cast member without an Oscar statuette, also appears solid as Penelope’s ineffective-but-angry husband.

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There’s clearly a timely political subtext to all the madness in Carnage, which both mocks and examines its characters’ attempts to reach a compromise with one another, even though they’re all ultimately looking to get exactly what they want. Single-location films can be a tricky act to pull off, but the amusing incongruity between the fancy surroundings of the setting (Penelope and Alan’s apartment) and the behavior of its inhabitants seems to also work quite well.

Carnage begins a limited theatrical release in the U.S. on December 16th, 2011.

Source: Wild Bunch

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  1. Shouldn’t this guy be in jail?? Must be in the same club as Charlie Rangel…

    Oh well, looks semi-interesting, nonetheless.

  2. I have a hard time supporting anything Polanski does…even if the trailer for Carnage looks good.

    • Same.

  3. Eh… I actually kinda sorta wanna see this… That Ok?

  4. Looks great, but why oh why does it have to have Polanski’s name on it!? Can’t they just Alan Smithee it?

  5. Looks hilarious, I’ll definitely watch it.

  6. Love the look and feel of this. I’m SOLD!
    -We’ve been in a cold world, You’re just getting worried now?

  7. Looks to have substance and it looks funny. does not matter if it is Polanski, i am interested!!! :)

  8. This looks incredibly entertaining! I hope I can see this one.

  9. I’m looking forward to this because it is POLANSKI.

  10. Damn, you guys sound like u would prefer seeing 4 people sit in a house throughout an entire movie instead of going to see the new Ghost Rider film.

    • You bet. I saw the first one and I still haven’t recovered.

    • Sounds about right.

      • You guys must haven’t to seen the new trailer then….

        • I have, this looks better.

  11. Ahh yes. Only in hollywood would they continue to let a man make movies who was convicted for drugging and sodomizing a 13 yo girl. Roman Polanski….a good man.

  12. I read there’s a scene in the movie where an older gentleman gets a child drunk and has his way with her. God, where do they come up with these whacky storylines??

    • Mr T,

      Do you have a link to where you (supposedly) read that? Because it doesn’t sound like it’s in line with the plot. At all. I’m no fan of Polanski but please don’t make stuff up just to rattle the bars.

      Vic

  13. john c. reilly got reeeeeally old!! but this looks great.