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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. You heard that right, first. You just witnessed my Cronenberg virginity being taken away, not that it matters though. Just saying.…
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…
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…
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…
'A History of Violence' is a great little psychological thriller/drama. It's tight and efficient, and excellently cast. It may think it is saying more about violence and the men who perpetrate it than it actually is, but we can excuse a little pretentiousness when in such a well executed package.
MY THREE WORDS
Tight, evocative, tough.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Despite my low-ish rating, I don't consider this to be a bad film per se. It's competently directed, well acted and I was never bored. The problem I had with it was that everything in the film felt without consequence, every obstacle so easily navigated.
So, Viggo Mortensen is Tom Stall, and runs a diner. Happy life, terrific guy in a small down. These two thugs come in to the diner, antagonize customers and threaten them violently. Intriguing, but before they get anywhere, Tom is able to kill them skillfully. I didn't have a problem with this scene necessarily, because Tom's efficiency with the gun was apparent and clearly set up this mystery surrounding his past. The problem is, it's…
Mortensen and Cronenberg made a great team. A great film with wonderful supporting performances by Bello, Harris, and Hurt. Not to mention some real solid gore effects giving the violence a brutal reality.
This is probably David Cronenberg's most accessible film as Viggo Mortensen's seemingly normal family man is drawn into a world of vicious gangsters and brutal confrontation when his past returns to haunt him.
An ominous start foreshadows some of the carnage to come before we are introduced to Viggo's small town diner owner with the perfect American family, its not until he takes out two men trying to rob his diner that we realise that this man may not be who he says he is.
This is a clever twist on the mistaken identity type movie with a strong central performance from Viggo Mortensen with good support from Maria Bello as his wife and William Hurt as the menacing man from the past looking to settle an old score.
It's been years since I last saw David Cronenberg's A HISTORY OF VIOLENCE. When I saw it during its theatrical run in 2005 I thought it was good. But it is better than I originally thought. You know those movies that age well and those that don't? Well, this is one that seems to get better with each successive viewing.
A HISTORY OF VIOLENCE is neo-noir through and through and the type of noir where they take the action out of the city and into the country, where the violence is just as bloody. Viggo Mortensen as Tom Stall is great in an everyman role, and the undressing of his character is done so well by Cronenberg and company.
Ed Harris and William Hurt show up in showy supporting turns (the latter of which nabbed an Oscar nomination), but Mortensen is the glue that makes this neo-noir so great.
And the last scene at home is tonally perfect.
the tone of this film is truly bizarre. Is it tongue-in-cheek? Is it playing it straight? In the hands of a mediocre director, this story would've been long forgotten, but with Cronenberg's delirious aesthetic, A History of Violence rises above the pulp to be something truly demented and wonderful.
An impeccably acted, tense and fast film that looks at violence in many different way. The contrast between the first half of the film and the finale is quite staggering. Viggo Mortensen gives a groundbreaking performance. Fantastic.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
It'd been nine years since I'd sat down and watched A History of Violence... the last time I saw it must have been right when it hit DVD so I had forgotten nearly everything about it.
A history of violence is a lot smaller, quieter than I remember it being. This really is a film about how you never know what's in your partner's past. You fall in love with them, you trust them, you start a family with them, but if you weren't there for their formative years how do you really know who they are? How do you know that everything they've told you isn't a lie? And if they spent the first half of their life as…
- The Racket
- 7th Heaven
- Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans
- Chang: A Drama of the Wilderness
- Citizen Kane
- 2001: A Space Odyssey
- Tokyo Story
- The Rules of the Game
- The Captive
- Clouds of Sils Maria
- Goodbye to Language 3D
- The Homesman
Originally a list made prior to Cannes 2014.
This is every Palme d'Or nominee since the festival began in 1946.…