Trailer and Poster for ‘Carlos’ Arrives


I’m a partial fan of Steven Soderbergh’s Che (my theatrical review and Blu-ray review) and even more of a fan of Jean-François Richet’s Mesrine: Killer Instinct and Mesrine: Public Enemy No. 1. For anyone that’s familiar with those films you should know Oliver Assayas’s soon-to-be-released Carlos falls somewhere in the middle. However, how well IFC Films and Assayas were able to whittle down Carlos from the three-part, 5 hour and 30 minute film I reviewed at Cannes down to a two hour and 20 minute movie is yet to be seen.

Don’t be discouraged by the run time though, the three-part version will still be out there. The Sundance Channel will premiere the three-part mini-series from October 11 to October 13 and on Friday, October 15, IFC Films will launch the US theatrical run of the film in New York City, in both the three-part version (IFC Center) as well as a two-and-one-half hour theatrical version (Lincoln Plaza Cinemas).

Carlos tells the story of Ilich Ramirez Sanchez (aka Carlos the Jackal) as played by Edgar Ramirez (The Bourne Ultimatum). Here’s a snippet from my Cannes review:

The idea of a film about a Marxist revolutionary instantly brings to mind Steven Soderbergh’s Che, which also debuted in long form at the Cannes Film Festival and a comparison is appropriate. Carlos feels a lot like Che in its straightforward, un-Hollywood approach. Assayas doesn’t concern himself with gunfights, violence and sex when it’s unnecessary. Decisions with the script were based on the story alone. Carlos isn’t sympathetic, nor does it pander to his protagonist or the audience. The film isn’t made to be easy to swallow, but for feature that runs over five hours it goes down relatively easily, but this isn’t to say it doesn’t have its share slower, more mundane moments.

Today we have the first domestic trailer as well as the poster, both courtesy of Apple. Check out the trailer directly below and you can click here to browse the RopeofSilicon image gallery for the film.