The plot of Carnage repeats the same basic structure repeatedly as the characters in the scene get more and more hostile towards each other. They start out by talking about their children and the fight that the kids got into. This slowly flows into a different topic of conversation, usually involving the life of the parents. Around half way through their discussion of this topic, Alan Cowen, the father of the boy who attacked the other boy, gets a phone call. The rest of the parents sit in awkward silence as he talks on the phone about, what seems to be a medical malpractice. Eventually, Mr. Cowen ends his call and he gets ready to leave with his wife. However, every time this happens, every time that they start to leave, they are drawn back into Mr. and Mrs. Longstreet's apartment. Thus, begins the whole cycle.
The vicious circle the characters are trapped in soon leads them to act like petulant children with drinking problems. As the cycle continues, the characters sink into what is supposed to represent 'human nature' but instead it just shows how little the word 'adult' actually means. They turn into their children, fighting because they aren't getting their way. It's as if you are watching caged animals fight.
Continuing with the metaphor of the adults being caged animals, the setting never changes. While this perpetuates the feeling of being locked in a cage match, it gets rather sickening at times. The movie tricks you into thinking that the scene will move on at any second but pulls the rug out from under you at the last second. It's a sadistic rollercoaster hidden as a 'metaphorical masterpiece.'
Carnage hides as a movie that is supposed to explain the 'human condition' but, in reality, it's another excruciating movie about how violence is 'programmed' into us from birth. Had the movie explained a different, more accurate form of the human condition, it would have turned out much more coherent and clean.
Its going to be a Marmite kind of film, your either going to Hate it with a passion or just absolutely Love it !
Me personally i Loved it! I thought it was original, written extremely well, it was acted beautifully which isn't a shock when its such a great cast! Its nice to see that Polanski has done one better than Ghost Writer as that was a truly dreadful movie!
Its made beautifully and it sticks to the true form of being a play, which is great!
Its Just a good movie that is thoroughly enjoyable and i just loved the ending a true play form which i loved!
This is probably the most unexciting movie that can be ever so entertaining.
Carnage is set in one building, in which a meeting of two parent pairs spirals out of control because of an incident involving their children.
The good? Carnage is like watching a play. But it's a film. The acting is so genuine and audience appealing for realistic drama that it's right in front of your eye. John C Reily, Kate Winslet, Christoph Waltz and Jodie Foster act like they have never done a bad movie in their life, exuberant confidence and power. They shine like magnificently unlike-able stars in a bleak, worthless sky. The script is something new and unique, it's like eating a gourmet meal at a Michelin star restaurant whilst having an argument with your family, delectably interesting and sways energy to and fro. This movie truly exposes hypocrisy in parenthood, a situation based on a break on control, breaking and breaking and breaking into little pieces until it is merely dust, insults, alcohol, vomit and marriage regret. And the best part is? No one is innocent. A mockery made, gleefully poking fun at the contestants in the 'Whose the dumbest?' game show as they argue about what 1+1 equals...except they all answer 3, 4 and 5.
The bad? Carnage is a film that isn't exciting or stand out at all. In subtlety and dialogue, it is a masterpiece but it needs to be longer...transform the carnage into what the first causing incident was. A full cyclical turn to connect the dots would make this flow like milk.
Carnage is beautifully tense and sleak in it's critiques. A must see for screenwriters and actors. Turns you into a smug little son of a bitch, and that's what the film is trying to prove upon human nature. You think you're slick? Think again...
The performances & dialogue in this film is sensational & it's also really funny & has such a honesty to the characters.
It's a short feature & set basically in a lounge room but the performances are so rich it's keeps you enthralled. A unique divergence from Polanksi but a welcomed one.