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Carnage - Film Review

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by Richard Ramnac (subscribe)
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Having been a fan of Roman Polanski's movies for some time, I was thrilled with the opportunity to be invited to the screening of Carnage.

While Carnage was somewhat different from Polanski's previous work, the movie still carried his signature directing with a simple storyline, a quirky script and superb performances from the cast.

Based in Brooklyn, the scene is set when two teenage boys (Ethan Longstreet and Zachary Cowan) have an altercation in a local park, and both sets of parents (Jodie Foster and John C. Reilly and Kate Winslet and Christoph Waltz) agree to meet to discuss the situation between their two sons.

What starts as a civilised discussion between the two couples quickly escalates into a rollercoaster ride of raw emotion, with each of their true persona's coming to fruition. How each character reacts to the situation at hand is both comical and entertaining. In some ways, watching how each character's true feelings develop is like watching a train wreck about to happen; you know it will happen, but are unable to do anything to stop it from happening

The adaptation of the film is outstanding as are the performances from Jodie Foster, John C Reilly, Kate Winslet and Christoph Waltz. Through the duration of the film, you can't help but become absorbed in the story and continuously wonder what the characters will do next.

The dialogue between the characters is profoundly witty, which makes the film fun and enjoyable. Carnage is not the type of film I would usually go and see, but within five minutes of watching I was hooked.

If you get the chance to see the film, take the opportunity. It provided a very entertaining 80 minutes.



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Why? It's funny and witty
When: From 16 December 2011 (USA), 3 February 2012 (UK), 1 March 2012 (AUS)
Where: Now showing
Cost: Check with local cinema
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