Film Reviews: “A History of Violence” (2005)


Directed by David Cronenberg. Starring Viggo Mortensen and Ed Harris.

Tom Stall (Mortensen) is an ordinary man in an ordinary small town. He has a wife, two children and runs a quiet diner. All of this changes one night when two men try to rob Tom and his waitress. He defends the diner, brutally killing both men in self defense, becoming a hero of the town. This unwanted attention draws in more trouble from Tom’s possible past. Strange men begin stalking him and his family, referring to Tom as “Joey.” Is Tom really who he says he is?

Fantastic thriller directed by Cronenberg. I felt uncomfortable the entire time, which is a good thing! Viggo handles the role beautifully, with just the right amount of intensity and vulnerability. Ed Harris was creepy as hell in this!

3.5 out of 4.0 stars.


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