Watch: New US Trailer for Olivier Assayas' 5-Hour Epic 'Carlos'
by Alex Billington
September 24, 2010
This is the story of the terrorist known as Carlos the Jackal. If you haven't heard about Carlos before, it's a 5-hour epic biopic about Ilich Ramirez Sanchez, one of the most wanted terrorists on the planet. Between 1974 and 1994, he lived several lives under various pseudonyms, weaving his way through the complexities of international politics of that period. Carlos is directed by Olivier Assayas and stars Édgar Ramírez (Che) as Carlos and is being released by IFC Films here in the US. Apple has debuted the official trailer and damn does this look like a riveting and intense film. But how many are willing to sit through 5+ hours of it?
Despite the length, Carlos is receiving rave reviews from critics. Head to criticWIRE for a big list of reviews.
Watch the new official US trailer for Olivier Assayas' Carlos:
You can also watch the official Carlos trailer in High Definition on Apple
The story of Venezuelan revolutionary, Ilich Ramirez Sanchez (Édgar Ramírez), who founded a worldwide terrorist organization and raided the OPEC headquarters in 1975 before being caught by the French police.
Carlos is directed by acclaimed French filmmaker Olivier Assayas, of Irma Vep, Les Destinées, Demonlover, Clean, Boarding Gate and Summer Hours previously. The screenplay was co-written by Assayas and writer Dan Franck, of Les Enfants, One Day You'll Understand and numerous French TV projects previously. This was originally produced as a three-part mini-series for French television that was shown in its entirety at the Cannes Film Festival earlier this year. IFC Films is now bringing Carlos to theaters starting October 15th.
This dude was one of the most failed terrorist ever. He was just plain bad (if you can call a terrorist that) at what he was doing. The media was blowing up his assassinatiopns when in reality he failed most of the things he set out to. I dont understand why he is so popular in film industry.
Shige on Sep 24, 2010
Where's Ed Moseby when you need him?
Delvis Crasho on Sep 24, 2010
#1 - Never send a taco to do a tough job. This movie will put me to sleep unless they show some big fat beefy burritos.
Waste of Time on Sep 24, 2010
I think it looks interesting although I would watch it at home and not a theater. 3hrs. is my maximum for a theater and even then it's pushing it.
arjones on Sep 24, 2010
#1 - clearly this guy was a loose cannon and very dangerous. i'm into this movie - it looks well acted and i find carlos an interesting subject for a movie.
beavis on Sep 24, 2010
sounds like the 1st and 3rd Godfather *yes it too was based on a gang family but at a different time*...so i might watch it if we can have at least one intermission
Jericho on Sep 24, 2010
#5 - I dont think you understood that #1 was saying. He was insulting him. Not praising him. Anyone can be a loose end, or do something crazy, but how many people are actually good at it? Obv. this guy took a lot of jobs, but failed the majority of them. Hence why #1 was unimpressed with the subject matter, and so am I.
danielvutran on Sep 24, 2010
Yes but who... does... number... 2... work... for...? I liked the Ilich Ramirez Sanchez (Carlos) from the original Bourne Trilogy. I wish they would go back and do 3 movie based excatly on the subject matter from the books. And make Bourne as badass as he was in the book. Hellz Yeah!!!
Dylan on Sep 24, 2010
Olivier Assayas films are fuel to my inner cinematic fire. As a director he has no peer. I will watch a give money to any project this genius makes.
LINKFX on Sep 24, 2010
So true :: #9.
SebastianSelig on Sep 25, 2010
i didn't misunderstand - i realize he was insulting him. that's why i replied. so, #7 - you'd only be interested in something like this if the person was a "successful" terrorist? OR if he killed the "right" people? the terrorists that carried out 9/11 didn't accomplish anything but killing people - so does that mean they were "bad" terrorists? of course not!!! i'm not at all sure what you and #1s criteria is for a good/successful terrorist - ii don't even think the description "good" or "bad" should be applied to terrorists.........this guy was directly responsible for many deaths; he was the most wanted man on the PLANET for years and hunted by many countries for years before being sentenced to life in prison............that sounds like pretty interesting subject matter to me.
beavis on Sep 25, 2010
#11 - Absolutley spot on. Terrorist = innocent people dead. Perhaps a "good" terrorist would be one who kills the not-so-innocent people such as crooked politicians and CEOs running the planet? Still looks like boring, drawn out shit.
Waste of Time on Sep 27, 2010
"1900", "Che" come to mind. Film is not just entertainment. It can be art as well. Something most of you and our host have forgotten or never knew... People will sit on their fat asses for hours listening to a concert.
Spike Murdock, Poet-at-Large on Sep 27, 2010
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