Roman Polanski. Christoph Waltz. Jodie Foster. John C. Reilly. Kate Winslet.

That list is solid enough to pique any interest, but the premise for Carnage is just as enticing, especially with its insinuation of heavy drama in a tight space. The catalyst is a playground fight between two children, and the story focuses on the parents of one combatant inviting the parents of the other over to have a discussion. Hopefully (and promisingly) it will go as poorly as possible.

The acting talent here is unbelievable, which is good, because Polanski has never exactly been an actor’s director. Here, he’s got the talent teed up, and all he needs to do is give them a small house, plenty to fight about, and enough temperature to keep things going for the full run time.

Courtesy of Twitch Film, a few shots have been released prior to the film’s showing at Venice, and the images look stark and severe. Great portraits of some of the best actors working today:

I really hope that one shot is all of them huddled around a Youtube video. It would be great if the latest Lonely Island video is what sets all the anger in motion.

Jokes aside, these still shots look gorgeous. Plus, it’s great to see Reilly returning to some of his dramatic roots. The guy is hysterical, but he’s even better when there’s nothing to laugh about.

What do you think?

Correction: In an earlier version of this post, we referred to the movie as God of Carnage when the official title is Carnage. “God of Carnage” is the play it’s based off of. Apologies all around.

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