A History of Violence details
|Formats:||18 DVD, Blu-ray|
|Starring:||Viggo Mortensen, Maria Bello, William Hurt, Ed Harris, Ashton Holmes, Heidi Hayes|
|Genres:||Drama - Crime, Thriller - Crime|
|Studio:||ENTERTAINMENT FILM DISTRIBUTION|
|Collections:||100 Top Thrillers, Top 400 All-Time Rentals|
A History of Violence
|Run time:||1 hour 36 minutes|
|Rental release:||Currently unavailable|
By Tom Charity from LOVEFiLM
Cronenberg's latest movie sees a model family's life turned upside down by an act of violence...
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Don't believe the hype...By Paul from London , 30 Oct 2005
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[Highly rated reviewer]..if this is really the best that is coming out of Hollywood then we're in dire straits.
Cronenberg's film combines a simplistic and unconvincing plot with an emotionless and frankly disturbing fascination with violence that never seeks to look beneath the surface of the issues that it purports to explore.
A bland American family have their lives turned upside down when a former mobster, now seeking to live the American dream for reasons that we are never able to fathom, is reconnected with his former past by a chance encounter with a pair of itinerant sociopaths.
As our mobster-turned-pillar-of-the-community is forced to confront characters from his violent past, he kills off the baddies in a style that would not put Bruce Lee to shame. We learn nothing of his emotional state, there is no exploration of how his family make sense of his terrible past and, in a truly cringing ending, are left with the idea that, in America, murderous violence goes unchallenged as long as it does not impact on everyday life.
If you are a 'how many killings?' viewer then this might be for you..otherwise look elsewhere if you want to be challenged, moved or enlightened. Believe me, this is no commentary on the roots or consequences of underground violence.
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Human nature confrontedBy a customer from Greenwich , 07 Mar 2007As with all Cronenberg films I've witnessed, this was gripping viewing from the outset, but as always there was a sense something unpleasant was about to unfold. The bright veneer of civilisation portrayed in the opening scenes was slowly being stripped away, much like the identity of Viggo Mortensen's character. What's left is the common heritage of all us primates - our history of violence.
Cronenberg explores the sexual impulse, our aversion to outsiders - as portrayed by the watchful sheriff - and most importantly, identity. The latter is shown in a key scene to be so fragile that in certain situations it deserts us.
As well as all round excellent performances, and sublime cinematography, this film is a profound work of art.
fabBy a customer from croydon , 06 Mar 2007This film was fab... the ending was a bit naff in that you never really know how it turns out although I suspect it is happy ever after in that it is hollywood after all!!!!
Bit gruesome but that is never a bad thing. Iw ould recommend this as an afternoon chiller..... just don't forget the choc....
The anticlimax at the end is annoyingBy Chantal (1104 reviews) from London , 05 Mar 2007THis started as a good idea, the story is gripping but suddenly it all goes pear shaped and goes from an A movie to a B one. The end is very disappointing.
Great movieBy a customer from London UK , 03 Mar 2007I enjoyed this film and didn't think it was too violent at all. A good movie to watch on a rainy afternoon if you have nothing better to do.
Don't even bother!!!By a customer from London, England , 27 Feb 2007Started off ok but soon went down hill to the point where... there was no point!!! What a waste of time. Expected more from the three main actors, especially Viggo Mortenson.