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A History of Violence

2006-08-03 09:37


Tom Stall (Viggo Mortensen) is living a happy and 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-defense 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.

What the critics are saying:

"...the star of the show is Cronenberg, whose tightrope walk between spectacle and critique hits hard at both gut and mind."
- Matthew Leyland, BBC Movies

"Other films this year will have to sweat bullets to match the explosive power and subversive wit of David Cronenberg's A History of Violence."
- Peter Travers, Rolling Stone

"Packed inside David Cronenberg's latest film, which presents itself as gift-wrapped, shoot-'em-up entertainment, is a sobering reflection on our culture's attitude toward violence."
- Desson Thomson, Washington Post

A powerful and thought provoking film that balances intelligence with entertainment.

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