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A History Of Violence
Reviewed by: The Remote Viewer
Here's a shock: a David Cronenberg movie that actually features characters viewers can empathise with. None of them turn into insects, or try to screw televisions. Most surprisingly, it's a David Cronenberg that doesn't involve the "new flesh" or body horror of any kind.
In a sleepy American town, family man Tom Stall (Viggo Mortensen) enjoys running his own diner. He's married to wife Edie (Maria Bello), with whom he has the sort of boring mid-life sex that we all live in fear of, but things are about to change.
When Tom kills two men in the act of trying to rob his diner and a new face arrives in town, that of the much-scarred Carl Fogarty (Ed Harris), you'll begin to wonder whether Tom really is the man he claims to be.
Mortensen produces a decent performance as a man that might be hiding a guilty secret. But the real standout performances come from Harris, who is chillingly effective as the sinister Fogarty, and Bello, entirely convincing as a woman whose world may be falling down around her. It's a shame that William Hurt ruins an otherwise good performance by putting on a sub-Sopranos Noo Yawk accent.
If any Cronenberg fans think that he might have gone soft in recent years, A History Of Violence will prove otherwise. It's extremely violent and yet I am glad to be able to tell you that it is also probably Cronenberg's best movie since the massively underrated Naked Lunch.
It'll be interesting to see what the veteran Canadian does next.Reviewed on: 06 Oct 2005