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5.0 out of 5 stars "You Murdered A Hamster" - Nancy Cowan, March 26, 2012
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This review is from: Carnage (Amazon Video)
"Carnage" opens like a play which it was adapted from and is tautly directed by Roman Polanski. Penelope Longstreet (Jodie Foster) along with husband Michael (John C. Reilly) invite the Cowans to their apartment; Nancy (Kate Winslet) and her work-consumed husband, Christoph Waltz. The Longstreets feel it necessary to discuss the reason why their "victim" son was struck, and badly hurt, by the "maniac brutalizer" Cowan's son. Michael would simply appreciate an apology from their child although Penelope seems to have her own agenda and intends to push it.

Penelope and Nancy have a tremendous amount of tension between them which is palpable from the onset. Michael appears personable, overly generous and friendly ... at first. On the other hand, Mr. Cowan is aloof about the subject, on his cell phone constantly as a pharmaceutical lawyer who is much more absent in the genesis of the conversation.

The 'go-around' all plays out mainly in one room, the living room, with a small scene in the hallway and if you are quick, you just may see a 'guest' appearance. You can literally feel the air suck right out of the space. It becomes claustrophobic and dizzying as the couples begin wildly talking, accusing, and definitely getting far off the subject of their sons. In this obvious stress inducing situation, especially for Nancy and then Penelope, anxiety builds and the topics get verbally and emotionally out of control. The discussion of the children's situation is quickly set aside while personal marital issues insidiously invade the conversation. More like spouting-offs!

The husbands slowly get involved by first defending their wives, arguing with each other, and then challenging each other. The Scotch then comes out on the scene as they now decide it would be a great time to take a vintage bottle out for a ride. Nancy demands a drink for her self while defending Penelope, then challenges a reluctant Michael to pour his wife some also. Alliances are formed and broken then reattached almost as fast as the mercurial, rapid-fire dialogue. The words are shot between them as caustic arrows and hit just as harshly. The husbands start to turn on their wives while getting highly frustrated; "You think too much...women think too much" and "Yes, I feel like being completely despicable".

The talking and arguing becomes amazingly ludicrous in this verbal smack-down. All four actors are on top of their game in the film. This tightly wound, inflammatory, and hilarious study is actually very human, as one topic is flying into another then back again.

At the very end of the film, right before the credits roll, there is one of the best scenes for tying-up all the loose ends and also a good shot in the arm of laughter for myself. It does put seemingly huge things in perspective in a very scant amount of time.
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Initial post: Apr 5, 2012 8:18:46 PM PDT
So why was the ending so great to you?

Posted on Apr 5, 2012 8:27:16 PM PDT
have you seen this?

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/08/20/technology/finding-fake-reviews-online.html?_r=1

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 5, 2012 8:41:23 PM PDT
David Werking--I have to ask you if you saw the entire movie? Possibly if you look at what I titled the review with, it may answer that question? Also watching closely into the background you will see certain people that appear very different at the end than at the beginning. I couldn't really explain how humorous I found 'the condition after' all the verbal warfare with the couples during the movie at the ending, without ruining it for someone else. I saw it as a necessary shot in the arm of what happens with kids--and possibly hamsters! Thanks, Sheryl

Posted on Apr 5, 2012 9:39:45 PM PDT
David Werking--I typed that link you sent to me into Google, and read what article came up. I have to say that you have got me very confused as to why you would send this to me. I fear you may have me all wrong, I simply enjoy movies, music and books. I also enjoy writing about the ones that I usually enjoy or have just seen and had been looking forward to. I do not feel I really need to explain my motives for writing to you in the first place. This is my business and I would not understand why anyone would want to directly hurt someone else. Sheryl
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