Written February 03, 2010
A man just trying to protect his family...
Written September 12, 2008
This movie had a great story, i thought the acting was strikeingly pretty goodm, and the violence, i understand why they have 'VIOLENCE' in the title of the movie now. I won't spoil it, i'm just saying that it is a movie you must see at least once. After this rent Eastern Promises, same director, same actor, same greatness. I'll be writting a review on Eastern Promises so check it out.
Written October 08, 2009
Violent Dramatic Psychological Crime Thriller
Written February 11, 2010
A small town family man has a dark past.
Written August 19, 2014
Violence is apart of human nature whether you want to accept it or not. We are attracted to violence in entertainment, it can arouse us, it is a natural reaction it has and empowers us. Directer David Cronnenberg puts that idea in our heads with his film "A History of Violence" that examines how different encounters lead to violence in our nature. Viggo Mortensen stars as Tom Stall, a small-town Indiana man who values friendships and family and owns a tiny diner. Tom has a lawyer wife Eddie (Maria Bello) and two wonderful kids. Things are going well until one day two ruthless criminals make a violent and threatening scene that causes Tom to react by brutally killing them both in self defense. When other Mobsters come into Tom's diner, they recognize him as Joey and accuse him of being a mobster who has a bad past with them. Ed Harris is Carl Fogarty, the main guy giving Tom a hard time by threatening his family and constantly antagonizing him by showing up to his diner. The truth will be revealed as to if Tom is a former ruthless mobster or a regular small town guy. This plot is very entertaining and fun to watch. However, we are forced to sit through horrible directing by Cronneberg who puts together a film with horrible music put in at the wrong time to take away intensity from each shocking scene and does terrible camera work to break away the ominous vibes in every shot. Weak shots, poor putting together of the editing and nothing new to cinema cause Cronnenberg to get a bad grade. The dialogue by Josh Olson is so pathetic and stereotypical that it almost becomes laughable. The words that come out of these actors mouths are so general and put in at the time where you would most expect them. The more I think, I wounder if Olson and Cronneberg are trying to spoof violent films that have dialogue such as "Anything to say before I blow your brains out?" or mysterious sounding statements that sound like something out of a 1960's mystery film. If that's the case, then the two are reflecting the title on the history of violence in cinema and making a statement as to why we are polluted with worthless violence. There are many scenes in which our characters show violence in them. From Eddie being sexually aroused by Tom for hurting her, to Tom punishing his son psychically, to the son standing up to a bully violently and to Tom being a man of using violence in self defense. These scenes really make you realize how violent we are without even knowing it. It's sad to see Viggo Mortensen do a poor job of acting after "The Lord of the Rings Trilogy". Viggo says his lines pathetically and shows how he's acting rather than really being put into the small town setting and being a loyal family man and getting driven in the performance. Ed Harris acts stereotypical as a bad guy, Maria Bello is annoying and gives a forced performance and no strong tension or chemistry is portrayed here. The theme of how violence comes naturally in us fascinates me and makes me appreciate what David Cronnenberg was striving for, but the poor directing, ridiculous acting and dialogue and unshocking or riveting scenes take away the films value. It's still an entertaining action film with a fascinating message, so it may be worth your while.