Roman Polanski’s Carnage Trailer

The last couple of years have been somewhat tumultuous ones for director Roman Polanski, who was placed under house arrest in Switzerland in 2009 to await U.S. extradition, and then eventually freed again in 2010. In many ways this court battle overshadowed the release of his latest film The Ghost Writer, but nevertheless it ended up earning strong reviews and many critics counted it among the best of the year. Now, less than two years later, Polanski is back with something a little different and a little bit unexpected: a dark comedy called Carnage starring Kate Winslet, Christoph Waltz, Jodie Foster and John C. Reilly.

Based on the French play Le Dieu du Carnage (God of Carnage) by Yasmina Reza, the story revolves around two couples who decide to meet up after their 11-year-old sons get into a fight with each other at school. The entire play takes place at the house of one of the couples, and throughout the evening they end up bickering with each other and getting into ridiculous arguments. As with most movies adapted from plays, it is almost entirely dependent on the dialogue and the performances, but I have to say that it looks promising. The play was also adapted for Broadway in 2009 with Jeff Daniels, James Gandolfini, Hope Davis, and Marcia Gay Harden all starring (and getting Tony nominations for it). Polanski’s Carnage will premiere at the Venice Film Festival next month and hits select theatres in the U.S. on December 16th. Check out the trailer after the jump and see what you think.



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  • Sly

    I’m with stupid

  • This looks pretty good…

  • Andrew

    Pumped to see Reilly do some dramatic acting again, and as Polanski gets up there in age I think we should start appreciating every new Polanski movie because we may not get a lot more.

  • Jonny Ashley

    I never thought I would see those four people in the same picture together

  • MikeH

    What a cast, looks great!

  • Brendan

    That cast and Polanski directing got me interested. The trailer was funnier than I thought it would be! When Sean described it as a dark comedy from Roman Polanski, I assumed it would be more dramatic with some comedy peppered in. Of course the trailer might be packed with the funniest stuff, but it’s on my radar.

  • Nelson

    I watched this trailer and I laughed my ass off. This is exactly the kind of film that I need these days and it is definitely a “must-see” on day 1, in my opinion. The only problem is, will they release it anywhere near me? I don’t think so. We only have one movie theater anywhere near here…….well, 2, but they usually only carry the bigger films, not indie, unfortunately.

    I would be willing to travel a little ways to see this though. I think it would be worth the gas money. This would probably be a very good date movie :)