|Fig 1 - Carnage Poster|
What struck me was how similar it felt to the work of Charlie Brooker, whose near-future drama Black Mirror (2011-) sets a similar tone in it's approach to carving an alternate reality based on specific themes (albeit usually the retaliation of superior technology). In this instance, the future has us wearing small devices near our eyes, as seen in orchestrated talking-head segments, which are improved gradually across the timeline starting with RoboCop-style visors. Though the film isn't about the tech, it was nice to see they put some thought into the mock-progression of time, having surpassed all 'genuine' footage. Incidentally, Amstell's commentary over the pre-existing material felt tonally similar to the show Screenwipe (2006-09) in which Brooker would analyse television and marketing from a comedic perspective. As a fan of both shows, I found their parallels entirely welcome.
|Fig 2 - Carnage - Britain 2067|
I can't imagine many would find this film to be overly 'preachy' in it's central message, but either way it stands as a humorous take on the social climate of consumption. It might not be changing minds now, but perhaps someday we'll look back on Carnage with a much guiltier conscience...
Fig. 1 Carnage Poster (2017) From: Carnage - Directed by: Simon Amstell
Fig. 2 Carnage Screenshot (2017) From: Carnage - Directed by: Simon Amstell