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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…
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…
While some of its' drama may be cliched and familiar, A History of Violence is a tight, entertaining thriller with solid performances and strong direction.
David Cronenberg brings us a film that develops on character rather than the overall story synopsis that is given above, focusing on whether Tom Stall really is Joey Cusack or just a man that’s wrongly accused of being someone else by a mafia member. Though with the films short run time (just over 90 minutes) Cronenberg doesn’t take long to reveal whether that’s true or not. Like I said, this is more about the characters than the story, they plays secondary as we see the reaction of the family to the revelation of Tom’s past, asking questions such what would you do when you discover that your husband/father has hidden his early life from you? Was it to protect you…
Very different from Cronenburg's earlier works, it raises interesting questions about violence and the cause and effects it has on people. While less ambitious then it thinks it is and feeling a little rushed, it has interesting ideas and engrossing characters.
Mother of sweet Jesus, I did not see this coming.
Whilst it always had my interest, I'd never watched David Cronenberg's 'A History of Violence' because...well, because I had no idea what it was about. My bet was "American family gets in trouble and therefore kicks some ass", and though I was not far off, I kind of was.
Adapted from a graphic novel, this right here is the perfect example of an entertaining and original script. What you think the film is about it's not what the film is about, and that's a rarely pleasant surprise, but it's a good one in this case. Viggo Mortensen is a mysterious and intriguing all-American father, with an all-American family and a…
near-perfect yarn, out of place in the time period it came out.
the destruction of the family unit in the sexiest way possible.
The acting is solid throughout but the film never seems to focus entirely on its plot and moves too fast before you can get attached to the characters. Perhaps if there'd be some extension in some scenes it'd work better overall but obviously that's not the case.
Shockingly bad. Of the four major performances in this film, Maria Bello and William Hurt were great, Ed Harris was overly cartoonish, and most importantly Viggo Mortensen as the lead was too understated and wooden. The writing and directing were at times fine, and in other scenes so bad or awkward that I was tempted to laugh. This is an incredibly simple story told poorly; and despite liking moments of the first half and the final scene, this whole movie felt absolutely pointless.
For a David Cronenberg film I was surprised by how relatively accessible "A History Of Violence" was - a simple fable of how violence, once there, never leaves your life. Cronenberg's dispassionate cinematic tone contrasts with the journey the leading film characters undergo, but the film boasts a much stronger first half - one driven by intrigue - before revealing it's hand for the second half and descending into more standard crime thriller territory.
Originally a list made prior to Cannes 2014, now updated every mid-April.
This is every Palme d'Or nominee since the…