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A History Of Violence (2005)

Cast: Viggo Mortensen, Maria Bello, William Hurt, Ed Harris, Stephen McHattie, Peter MacNeill

Director(s): David Cronenberg

Language: English

Genre: Social Drama

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Canadian director David Cronenberg, whose impressive oeuvre includes such disparate works as THE DEAD ZONE, THE FLY, DEAD RINGERS, M. BUTTERFLY, and SPIDER, has made what might be the best film of his career with A HISTORY OF VIOLENCE. Loosely based on the graphic novel by John Wagner and Vince Locke, the movie stars Viggo Mortensen as Tom Stall, a quiet, easygoing family man who runs a diner in a small Indiana town. But when two dangerous criminals come into the restaurant prepared to wreak hav... [Get complete synopsis]


motleymitch wrote on December 23, 2005, 12:29 am
What a 4 star day! I saw 'King Kong' this afternoon, and now this.
Cronenberg is superb, delivering a non-Cronenbergian film (that is, no oozing phallic symbols and other standard weird Cronenberg fare) and great performances by everyone involved, especially Ed Harris and Maria Bello (hot!).
A straight up story, grim with no punches pulled, and always engaging. The violence/justice is harsh and I wasn't sure how the story was gonna play out, but Cronenberg delivers the perfect ending.

Note: for all you LOTR circle jerkers (you know who you are), you get to see Viggo's butt. Enjoy!

For the rest of us, ah.....Maria Bello.....

Jefferygn wrote on December 23, 2005, 6:41 am
Mood: It's Christmas time in Hell!
Another excellent film. I saw it shortly after it came out and enjoyed it. I must admit I am surprised it is getting the attention it is: golden globe noms, oscar buzz. I admit I didn't think it was *that* good. But nonetheless, engaging, entertaining, and unapologetic story telling. More movies should be made like this.

And yes, ms. bello... wow... who said married people don't have sex?!

Plus it's Cronenberg! That's like a one-star subsidy going in.
MasterWoodsman wrote on April 16, 2006, 9:21 pm
A solid and interesting story. The violence in the movie was not your standard hollywood fare.

Not much else to say about it.
Deril wrote on April 4, 2007, 11:03 pm
fan-didly-astic !!

I went in knowing NOTHING at all about this movie, other than Mitch said it was great. I hadn't even read the above reviews. I think that is the best way to go into it, cold.

Acting is awesome Viggo, Ed Harris & Maria (RRAAAAWWWWWRR) Bello. I liked the William Hurt cameo at the end.

I know I say this quite often, but it really was one of the best movies I've seen in a long time. This and Children of Men 2 days in a row...talk about a downer (in a good way though)

motleymitch wrote on April 5, 2007, 2:21 am
Well, if you're feelin' down, you could always watch 'Karate Dog' for the zillionth time!

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