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A Review by Joekool


A History of Violence
Director- David Cronenberg
Cast- Viggo Mortensen, Ed Harris, Maria Bello, William Hurt
Rated R: for strong brutal violence, graphic sexuality, nudity, language and some drug use
Running time- 96 min.
I have been looking forward to this film ever since I saw the trailer a few months ago. A thriller with Aragorn...I mean Viggo Mortensen and Ed Harris, I am so there. But this movie is more complex than I could have thought. Not only is it a thriller, its a realistic thriller with the involvment of human emotion before and after the brutality of situations.
Viggo Mortensen plays Tom Stall, a small-town restaurant owner who becomes national news when he foils a robbery of his restuarant in striking fashion, he kills the robbers. A few days later a strange man (Ed Harris) comes into his diner and calls him by the name of "Joey." After which we begin to uncover Tom Stall's secret past, and who he really his.
Director David Cronenberg really delivers the package on this one. We get the violence, the twisting story, and the powerful human drama, and together they create a brilliant film. The acting is tremendous. Viggo gives his best performance to date and Maria Bello is fantastic, both deserves oscar nominations. Another thing I found wuite compelling is we see how the violent past of "Joey's" life and the new violence in the present affects his family individually. Its fascinating.
The only gripe I have is that there could have been a little more violence. But let me tell you the violence in the film is supremely and beautifully brutal. Other than that this is an excellent film. One of the best I've seen this year.
Good Points
-Powerful acting
-Focus on human emotion
-Brutal Violence
-Great cinematography
Bad Points
-Needed a bit more violence
-Too slow paced
Rating- 9.3/10

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