Carnage is by no means Roman Polanski’s best work. It’s nothing like Chinatown, Rosemary’s Baby or The Pianist – all of which will be remembered for a very long time.
It’s not to say that Carnage is a bad film – it is not. It’s actually refreshing and entertaining and given that it’s set solely in one location, it is a welcome change.
The film centers around two sets of parents who are brought together after an altercation between two of their children at school.
There’s Penelope and Michael Longstreet, played by Jodie Foster and John C. Reilly, who’s son is the victim of an attack by the son of Nancy and Allan Cowan, played by Kate Winslet and Christoph Waltz.
The beginning of the film shows a polite discussion between both sets of parents, but as it progresses both couples escalate into a verbal walfare.
Carnage is shot entirely within the Longstreet’s apartment – with a few scenes in the corridor. But, the main focus of the film is the four parents and the tension clearly rising between each other.
What makes the film strong is the dialect and acting. Foster, Reilly, Winslet and Waltz all give well-rounded performances.
Carnage is short and straight to the point, filled with wit and dark humor – something Polanski knows a lot about.
Edited: March 23rd, 2012