A History of Violence details
|Formats:||18 DVD, Blu-ray|
|Starring:||Viggo Mortensen, Maria Bello, William Hurt, Ed Harris, Ashton Holmes, Heidi Hayes|
|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:||Limited availability|
By Tom Charity from LOVEFiLM
Cronenberg's latest movie sees a model family's life turned upside down by an act of violence...
Most helpful review
Don't believe the hype...By Paul from London , 30 Oct 2005
THIS REVIEW CONTAINS SPOILERS Show review anywayHide
[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.
- Was this review helpful to you?
- (166) Yes |
- No (56)
boring filmBy PROTIUS (3 reviews) from Mansfield , 06 Apr 2010the film just seemed pointless,would not tell anybody to watch this film.cant quite put my finger on it ,just a non starter.dont wast your rental allow on it!!!!
- Was this review helpful to you?
- (0) Yes |
- No (1)
beware of quiet ordinary folkBy ebgbs (13 reviews) from Skipton , 04 Apr 2010Not heard anything about this film before I rented it and had a pleasant surprise. Slow to start with, but I suppose it was building the characters up to be your quiet family in a small town in the US. A armed robbery turns the quiet family into the most unusual film I've watched for a while. Some nice twists keeps you interested and keeps you hooked enough to watch the film to the end.
Dull as dishwaterBy a customer from Manchester , 09 Mar 2010What a disappointment. This could have been a great film, with such a good idea as the central theme but instead it is predictable and boring. Viggo Mortensen and Ed Harris are very watchable but Maria Bello lacks credibility and I felt I'd been watching a farce by the end.
A History of ViolenceBy a customer from Exeter , 27 Feb 2010Brilliant. Superb acting, interesting premise. See it. See it again. Buy it.
Scary and atmospheric, grown-up thrillerBy Electricvic (88 reviews) from London , 17 Feb 2010A couple of violent crooks, down on their luck, prepare to check out of a scruffy back country motel. For no apparent reason - maybe as an alternative to settling the bill - the older of the two has murdered everyone in the motel office and for good measure his partner kills the only witness, a small girl.
Then the film cuts to another small girl in another place who wakes screaming from a nightmare. Her cosy family: Pop, teenage brother, Mom - all gather round and reassure her.
It's a great start to a film that unrolls its story gradually, countering the world of extreme violence of bad guys with that of the family and a small, close-knit community where nothing much seems to happen except low-level bullying and dope smoking.
This film does not idealise small town life in any way - it's a dead end, the Stall family's house is grubby and gloomy. But Tom Stall (Viggo Mortensen) has a secret former life and its revelation - triggered almost by chance by those travelling crooks - is what puts the happy family unto under pressure.
A superb and serious film, but slightly undermined by what seemed to me a massive plot flaw.
It would spoil the story if I said what it is but it's basically about an apparent lack of reaction by both the police and the news media to a certain key development...