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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 alright. Just like how they're selling it -- violent. 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 and I understand this is his least interesting work. A toned down Cronenberg, yes,…
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…
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…
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…
Second watch of Noir-Vember. Much like David Cronenberg’s other output ‘Eastern promises’, which I watched and reviewed last week, ‘A History of Violence’ equally displays an ordinary family getting involved with organised crime. This one, however, has more secrets than its first act would acknowledge! Viggo Mortensen shines again in the lead role, but his supporting crew is a bit of a let-down - especially Ashton Holmes as the son and Maria Bello as the wife, both who appear very unnatural and awkward. Nevertheless, ‘A History of Violence’ is an enthralling picture with an original ternary chapter division and shockingly brusque transitions. Moreover, the film does honour to its title as its limited action sequences are flat-out brutal and certainly…
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…
La violencia es genial.
Vamos a concretar un poco más, que ha sonado demasiado contundente y no quiero parecer un psicópata. La violencia en el séptimo arte es genial. Y aquí Cronenberg representa una violencia tan dual, tan cruda y tan auténtica, que asusta.
También es algo cómica, parece hasta, si se me permite, tarantiniana, y eso me molesta un poco. Pero quién soy yo para discutirle nada al bueno de Cronenberg, qué carajo.
Por cierto, Viggo Mortensen soberbio, aunque eso no debe sorprender a nadie.
This movie is so terrible I won't write a review of it. Wait, isn't this a review? Dammit you damn movie!!!
I was expecting something creepy but it was not. It was fun tho, i like cronenberg more and more.
I like it a lot.
It doesn't feel like it was made in 2005. It feels like a movie I could see coming out of the 70's or 80's. Charles Bronson could have played Tom... Well, maybe not rugged manly man Bronson but it could have been made during his era.
It's not necessarily a slow burn. But it does a have a pace to it that I can see some viewers growing frustrated with. For me, the pace was perfect. The eruptions of violence occur at just the right moments and displaying Joey bubbling to the surface and lingers longer every time.
The performances are great. I'd say the actor who played Jack was a little below the rest…
Films that undercut the false utopia of American suburbia and expose the true dualistic nature of reality >>>
Really good. One of Cronenberg's better films. Loses its way once Viggo goes to Philly, though.
Before 'The Gift', before 'Gone Girl', there was 'A History of Violence'.
How tense and twisted things get in a seemingly normal family after a violent event forms the crux of the story. On a macroscopic level, the film juggles connotations of violence, human duality, familial relationships and psychological trauma. They intermingle to form a rather uncanny study of crime in general.
The film has so much depth even though it depicts only the present progression of events, as the characters reflect their peculiar backstories/history without the assistance of exposition. Director David Cronenberg simply chooses the tool of interaction between the characters to project their true colours.
The prologue and epilogue are absent and intentionally so. This absence is haunting once the film finishes unresolved and unsettled, leaving the viewers to imagine what was not and won't be shown.
Scavenger Hunt #18 Film #6. Task #17 A film based on a DC Comic
Disgusting. Intriguing. Horrible. Fascinating. Incoherent. Interesting. Appealling. Savage. Absurd. Fucking Viggo Mortensen... The allure of violence is the capability of not feeling like ourselves anymore. Amazing.