Tuesday, December 28, 2010

A History of Violence (2005)

Director: David Cronenberg

Starring: Viggo Mortensen, Maria Bello, Ed Harris, William Hurt, Ashton Holmes, Peter MacNeill, Stephen McHattie

More info: IMDb

Tagline: Everyone has something to hide.

Plot: Tom Stall, a humble family man and owner of a popular neighborhood restaurant, lives a quiet but fulfilling existence in the Midwest. One night Tom foils a crime at his place of business and, to his chagrin, is plastered all over the news for his heroics. Following this, mysterious people follow the Stalls' every move, concerning Tom more than anyone else. As this situation is confronted, more lurks out over where all these occurrences have stemmed from compromising his marriage, family relationship and the main characters' former relations in the process.

My rating: 8/10

Will I watch it again? Does the pope wear a funny hat?

Great flick with great performances (Ed Harris's character needs his own movie), set-up, execution and climax. It's a film the whole family can enjoy...especially the two sex scenes (the kids will just LOVE the one on the stairs), the colorful language and the raw, naked violence that doesn't pull any punches. I recommend this one for children of all ages. For optimum impact, watch it first on a double bill with TOY STORY 3 (2010).

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