Cast: Viggo Mortensen as Tom Stall, Maria Bello as Edie Stall, Ed Harris as Fogarty, William Hurt as Richie

Synopsis:  An average guy becomes a hero after he saves his diner from being robbed.

It’s a typical day in Millbrook, Indiana.  Tom is busy running his diner, talking and laughing with his customers and employees.  Then two guys waltz in, and you know they’re bad news.  They don’t wanna just rob the place, oh no.  They want to kill everyone inside.  Rather than become a victim, Tom springs into action.  He quickly and easily kills the intruders, and is named a hero.  But this is just the beginning of a chain of events that will change the Stalls’ lives forever…..

Some people have called “A History of Violence” a bloody and senseless film.  I understand why people would think that.  While it’s certainly bloody and very graphic sometimes–just giving you a warning–it’s far from senseless.  It’s very intense and thought-provoking. It makes you wonder if you really know the person/people you love the most.  It seems that people are always discovering different sides of themselves they never knew existed.  Can you really run from your past, no matter how hard you try?  Do people really change?

I don’t think there was a single bad performance in this film.  Everyone was amazing, even the minor players.  It’s hard to believe that AHOV was Ashton Holmes’ (Jack) first acting job.  “A History of Violence” is based on a graphic novel of the same name.  I’ve never read the novel, but it’s worth checking out.  But Josh Olson has written an excellent script.  The movie was nicely paced at 96 minutes.  Not too long, not too short.  But just right.  David Cronenburg is known for directing some hardcore movies.  I haven’t seen any of his other movies, but I enjoyed this one.  One slight issue was the ending.  I wanted a bit more closure.  And a couple of flashbacks would’ve helped.

All in all, I highly recommend this movie.  It’s both entertaining and intriguing.  However, it’s not for the squeamish.  Graphic violence and sex.  9/10

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