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A History of Violence
Tom Stall had the perfect life... until he became a hero.
An average family is thrust into the spotlight after the father commits a seemingly self-defense murder at his diner.
Oh, that's why it's called A History of Violence. Before today I thought the film is about violent events spanning over a period of time, you know, a history of violence? Violence's history? Nevermind, I'm dumb.
The film? It's violent alright. Didn't know you can fuck up a person's face this bad with only your bare hands. Ed Harris is the boss. Aragorn is the boss's boss. (Everyone in the film seems to call him Tom. Yeah right, you're not fooling anyone. He's Aragorn.) Awesome performances throughout.
I think I should mention that this is my first Cronenberg film. I understand this is his least interesting work. A toned down Cronenberg. I am aware of that. That is exactly why…
Violence is like riding a bicycle.. once you've learned how you never truly forget!
Not your typical David Cronenberg film! Although it does feature some heavy duty graphic violence!
Viggo Mortensen was good as always! But hats off to Stephen McHattie for his brief but unforgettable role it was a real doozy of a performance!
All in all an entertaining film! But I would rather watch the master of body horror return to his true calling!
From a violent and jarring crime tale to a humorous picture of normal small town life; from a genuine and tender marriage story to a dark and gritty comic book film; and from a mob tale to an emotional survivalist story, David Cronenberg's A History of Violence in all of its loops, shifts in tone and stirring emotion, is all around faultless. Even in its reputation as a mainstream departure, Cronenberg keeps a perfect handle on everything that defines him, and just possibly makes his masterpiece out of it.
Never once does the film feel commercial for the legendary auteur, only as clean, smooth and flowing as one director can make such a layered thematic tale into a film. The…
Very direct in its approach & unrelenting with its subject matter, A History of Violence concerns Tom Stall, who lives a quiet life with his family & owns a diner in a small town of Indiana. Things are set in motion when one day Tom foils an attempted robbery at his diner, killing the two thugs, & finds unwanted fame n attention from the residents thus becoming the town's local hero overnight. But new men soon arrive in town looking for someone Tom claims to be not. But as the story progresses, we soon find out about Tom's violent past that he had buried years ago.
Loosely based on the 1997 graphic novel of the same name, the film is brilliantly directed by…
A couple years ago, this film was firmly in my Top 50. I haven't seen the film for a couple years now, and by the time I did my top 100 Letterboxd list, this was no where in sight. I've decided this film requires a rewatch.
This film is a delight from Cronenberg. It mixes various little film influences together into a great little story. But the film wouldn't work without the acting. Mortensen gives one of his best ever performances as a man with a deeply hidden past identity. Maria Bello is solid with some great acting scenes. Ashton Holmes gives a memorable teen performance as well.
Then you have Ed Harris effortlessly stealing the show, and William Hurt…
For many years when I was a lot younger I confused David Cronenberg and David Lynch. They both had silly hair and tended to be very serious looking. Cronenberg made interesting, strange films that required your attention and Lynch made movies I have had real trouble fathoming what they were even about. I have seen more Cronenberg than Lynch and it will probably stay that way for some time as Cronenberg's work suits my taste a little more than crazy Dave.
"A History Of Violence" is a film that was developed from a graphic novel of the same name. As you may have guessed this film is littered with some lovely gratuitous violence mostly dished out by the hand of…
Viewed for third time 27 Aug 2015. A favorite.
Soaring melodramatic score anchors powerful moral ambiguity.
A violência prende, marca e contagia.
(o início da transição de Cronenberg para filmes mais palatáveis cria um trabalho interessante, mas ele não está confortável o suficiente no estilo clássico para criar uma obra-prima - se vê pelos descompassos na montagem e edição de som)
"how do you fuck that up?"
not just a history of violence, but a survey of it. the way violence affects us, the way it follows us. as much body horror as any of Cronenberg’s other films, alternately dedicated to exploring what violence does to the physical body (all beaten and bloody) and the mental psyche (all fractured and broken).
"The Fly" remains my favorite Cronenberg, but this one is no slouch. Bouncing Viggo Mortenson, Ed Harris, and William Hurt off one another guarantees tuff guy magic. Maria Bello is fantastic here, too. Give her some more work.
While there is such great subject matter with this film - the fragile facade of a 'normal,' stable family that's confronted with a different reality full of violence and brutality - the film to me has always seemed too simple. Not that every film exploring such complex material has to be expanded in all of its dimensions, but A History of Violence's incredibly two-dimensional, awkward aspect has always made me uncomfortable. The dialogue can sometimes be laughable and unrealistic, and the acting can at times be more fitting of a soap opera; however, its plot revolves around a great scenario surprisingly untouched by other films (but of course hammered open by David Cronenberg). This is not a film where a…
Just goes to show. It is more difficult to leave a life of violence behind than you might think.
Your effort was valiant Viggo. But I didn't really need the marital "rape scene".
Not what i expected. I still kind of enjoyed it for Ed Harris but it was "meh"
Combined the average ratings (Critic's & Users) from IMDb, Rotten Tomatoes, Metacritic and Letterboxd, and then weighted and tweaked the results…
Originally a list made prior to Cannes 2014, now updated every mid-April.
This is every Palme d'Or nominee since the…