The Second Amendment -- elevated to a state of holiness, its problematic comma debated for decades and "resolved," for the moment, by the Supreme Court -- is a relic. It made sense when it was written. It does not make sense now.
Carnage refocuses itself in this film. Unlike the play, it is not simply about the breakdown of civilization -- or at least, of civilized behavior. It's about the very untwining of the ties that shelter civilization from the dominance of self-interest.
Fans of Yasmina Reza's God of Carnage will wonder what happened when that Tony-winning stage play was adapted for the screen by the playwright for her friend, director Roman Polanski, and redubbed simply Carnage.
Mexico's drug-related violence will not end with the death of drug kingpin Beltran Leyva. Until we recognize that the U.S.-led global war on drugs is the systemic cause of the carnage, violence will intensify.