August 22nd, 2011
04:40 PM ET
The trailer for Roman Polanski's highly anticipated film "Carnage" is out, and upon first look, the film shows promise.
Based upon the Tony Award-winning play "God of Carnage" by Yasmina Reza, the film revolves around two couples who get together after their sons get into an altercation at the playground.
Hilarity and chaos ensue, and there's a roller coaster ride of emotions throughout the more-than-an-hour time frame, during which alliances were forged in all-out war.
The powerhouse cast includes John C. Reilly and Jodie Foster as the parents of the injured boy, and Kate Winslet and Christoph Waltz as the parents of the other child. These are meaty roles that earned all four of the play's original cast members Tony nominations, so we should expect some award recognition as the season starts up.
The trailer also helps to dispel worries that Reza's one act play would be difficult to adapt for the screen, in the same way that many were worried that "Frost/Nixon" may not work on screen. In the end though, Ron Howard's adaptation garnered rave reviews and multiple Oscar nominations in 2009. Can "Carnage" follow that path?
The film premieres at the Venice Film Festival on September 1, and opens in theaters on November 18, 2011.
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