“CARNAGE” My rating: B (Opens Jan. 13)
79 minutes | MPAA rating: R
Wickedly funny and maddeningly claustrophobic, Roman Polanski’s “Carnage” is a sort of pretention-free “No Exit” in which four characters are trapped in a hell from which there appears to be no escape.
Actually it’s a nicely-appointed Brooklyn apartment owned by Michael (John C.Reilly) and Penelope (Jodie Foster). Visiting are another couple, Nancy (Kate Winslet) and Alan (Christoph Waltz).
Nancy and Alan’s 11-year-old son Zachary has ended a playground argument by smashing Michael and Penelope’s son Eliot in the face with a stick. Now the parents are coming together to make amends in a nice, civilized fashion.
Good luck with that.
Almost from the beginning you can tell that this attempt at reconciliation is not going well.