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Carnage (Blu-ray Review)

13 Mar, 2012 By: Angelique Flores

Street 3/20/12
Sony Pictures
Box Office $2.49 million
$30.99 DVD, $35.99 Blu-ray
Rated ‘R’ for some strong language.
Stars Jodie Foster, Kate Winslet, Christoph Waltz, John C. Reilly.

What happens when a socially conscious artsy couple and a corporate-driven power couple are obliged to meet in a New York apartment? In this case, a wonderfully played-out film with outstanding performances.

Attorney Alan Cowan (Christoph Waltz) and investment banker Nancy Cowan (Kate Winslet) come to the home of Michael Longstreet (John C. Reilly) and Penelope Longstreet (Jodie Foster) after their sons get into a physical altercation.

After a civil discussion and agreement on the matter, things quickly head south.

Alan incessantly talks on his phone, much to the annoyance of Nancy, who throws up all over Penelope’s cherished art books. Penelope is hell-bent on making sure the Cowans, including their son, understand the severity of the situation as well as the most appropriate way to handle it. Michael attempts to keep the peace, but throws his hands up at the situation as he opens a nice bottle of whiskey.

Soon enough civility goes out the window. Voices are raised, and parenting techniques are criticized, as are pet names, pet treatment and almost anything else that comes up in conversation.

It’s hard to fully understand why the Cowans didn’t just leave the awkwardness and tension and walk out the door. But the performances are so good (both Foster and Winslet were nominated for Golden Globes) that as a viewer, you don’t want the couples to part ways.

It’s quite impressive that a film shot in one apartment with just four actors can be such a fun and engaging ride as this.

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