Tom Stall (Viggo Mortensen) is living a happy and 1 quiet life with his lawyer wife (Maria Bello) and their two children in the small town of Millbrook, Indiana, but one night their idyllic existence is shattered when Tom foils a vicious attempted robbery in his diner. Sensing danger, he takes action and saves his customers and friends in the self-defence killings of two-sought-after criminals. Heralded as a hero, Tom's life is changed overnight, attracting a national media circus, which forces him into the spotlight. Uncomfortable with his newfound celebrity, Tom tries to return to the normalcy of his ordinary life only to be confronted by a mysterious and threatening man (Ed Harris) who arrives in town believing Tom is the man who's wronged him in the past. As Tom and his family fight back against this case of mistaken identity and struggle to cope with their changed reality, they are forced to confront their relationships and the divisive issues which surface as a result.
Bit of a disappointment
- A History of Violence review by Rubber Ducky
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Saw the trailers for this at the cinema, which made it look like an exciting and interesting thriller. However, I thought it was just OK. More could have been made of the main characters, but there was a general feeling for me that I didn't really care what happened to them. You start off liking the Viggo Mortensen character, but I really disliked him by the end of the film. Not particularly enjoyable, but OK if you have nothing else on!
- A History of Violence review by Jawbreaker
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An accomplished, yet reserved film from David Cronenberg. In his earlier films the Canadian would have resorted to huge swathes of violence and bloodshed. Yet here he has learned the lesson that not everything needs to be revealed or shown in its full glory. Viggo's onscreen presence is powerful, with his actions saying more than words. Despite working in a mundane job he is clearly confident of being able to handle whatever walks into his cafe. It doesn't take too long for that trouble to arrive, thrusting an uncomfortable wedge between his new family. How he deals with this annoyance will leave you debating the subtle ending long after the credits have rolled.