On four amazing actors and one carnage…

I had the chance to FINALLY see a movie I wanted to watch for a long time, and its title, as you may have imagined, is Carnage. It has Jodie Foster, Kate Winslet, Christoph Waltz and Jon C. Reilly. Four amazing actors, one movie. The result?

I thought it was fantastic. I do want to say, this movie is not for everyone. If you’re the kind of person who likes a movie with a beginning, a climax and a resolution, then I’m afraid you might not like this movie. Why? Because it’s… it’s an exercise in desperation, truth, lies and the human condition. Everything but typical.

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This movie is from 2011,  it’s based on a play, and it was directed by Roman Polanski. So, as you can imagine, it was filmed in Paris, not in New York. But you’d never know the difference. Well, it’s hard, since you almost only see the inside of an apartment. However, you totally buy it’s New York.

The basic story is this: the parents of two boys meet in a conciliatory manner, because one of the boys hit the other with a stick and hurt him badly. At first it seems it all goes civil… but even the most civilized people can turn to beasts in the right conditions.

Christoph Waltz and Kate Winslet are the parents of the attacker, and John C. Reilly and Jodie Foster are the victim’s mom and dad. Waltz is a lawyer, detached of the situation and glued to his phone. Winslet is centered and decent. Foster is just and contained. Reilly is extremely conciliatory. At least, that’s what they look like at the beginning… but as the movie progresses, we see that nothing is what it appears. Nice people turn into horrible people, the detached become the voice of reason, the calm become uncontrollable. Does this movie have a “message”? Well… it’s definitely not inspirational. It basically shows that all of us can become animals if the right buttons are pressed… at the very least, it shows us how the “nicest” people can do things we never imagined.

I can’t speak well enough of the acting in this movie. Incredible, really. And it’s a good thing, since the whole thing is on four people’s shoulders (I’m partial to C. Waltz; I love him. He made me laugh). At the beginning of the movie, when everyone is calm, you can FEEL the tension in the air. You could cut it with a knife. However, as time passes and the truth comes out, the tension disappears; it’s funny, you could almost say they are having fun. But you know they aren’t. They’re actually miserable… but thruthful. I think it’s because they are truthful that they feel so miserable.

If you like this kind of movies, by all means, watch it. If you’re touchy about vomit, don’t watch it. I truly think it’s a work of art; I loved it. Here’s the trailer:

If you see it, I hope you enjoy it… See you soon!!!

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4 thoughts on “On four amazing actors and one carnage…

  1. I’ve seen this on Netflix and have been tempted to watch it so many times, but wasn’t sure the subject matter would keep me interested…I might give it a try now.

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