A History of Violence

A History of Violence

Director: David Cronenberg Cast: Viggo Mortensen, Maria Bello, Ashton Holmes
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A History of Violence 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
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This was a great story - great acting but could have done with a whole lot less of the graphic sexual activity
Guest More than 1 year ago
Cronenberg does it again! Awesome movie. Viggo is amazing as ever, this film great. If you're repulsed by gore then beware, though.
Guest More than 1 year ago
For all of the hype this film recieved, it seems that this is nothing more than a David Lynch wannabe. With it's foreboding visuals, it's graphic and disturbing content, and of course its creepy villians too, it can't fool anyone about it's rediculious mystery, or the sense that this is blatantly imitated material.
robbieb More than 1 year ago
This movie is amazing. It is funny, harrowing, scary, violent, touching and heartbreaking. It is terrific. It can be discussed in highbrow conversation or just enjoyed for being a fast paced, action packed blast. A thinking action movie, a violent character study and analysis of family and what family implies. And more. Much more.
This was a remarkable film and an important development in the ouevre of Cronenberg. While his usual attention to sexuality and violence is present, it does not take on the physically transformative paths his previous films have. Even so, it is more powerful for it. Mortensen's performance as Tom is nuanced and delicate because it is alternately so kind and so terrifying. The film is visceral and brutal but more concerned with the relationships in the family and how that violence effects how they love one another.
There are also questions (perhaps not given quite enough screen time) to the notion of whether violence is an inherited and inherent male trait. The previous reviews don't seem to understand that this isn't an action movie. It isn't a weepy melodrama. It is a new animal and a remarkable one.
Many of these themes were revisited in Eastern Promises and they together form a interesting study.
This is not to say that the movie isn't entertaining or is some dry, boring thing. Quite the contrary. It is a richly rewarding, immensely funny film, with amazing sights and technical expertise.
The dvd is very good and the commentary by Cronenberg is not to be missed, he is as eloquent and intelligent as one could possibly hope for.
For fans of intelligent and probing films, sure. But also for people who want to be challenged and entertained all at once.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was very excited for this movie after seeing some enticing promos. However, it failed to live up to the hype. The story line was very weak with hardly any charachter development, and more than one graphic scene that could have been left out. Beyond the obvious backstory explained in the first half hour of the film, there are no intriguing elements in the plot. Some good action shots weren't enough to make up for the poor script. Very disappointing.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This film was a suprise to me. It includes so many contraversial topics. At the same time, the action scenes are very beautiful.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Godfather Meets the Bourne Identity! There isn't as much of a mysterious journey in "A History of Violence" as was in The Bourne Identity, as the secret in this film is made known to viewers all too soon. However, there is good acting and a lot of action, the combination of which usually results in an enjoyable film. Good movie.
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