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The Wonder of the Cinema

#4 A History of Violence

A History of Violence– Another collaboration between actor Viggo Mortensen and director David Cronenberg, A History of Violence is less about the violence but rather about a man trying to escape his own past, his own nature.  “A mild-mannered man becomes a local hero through an act of violence, which sets off repercussions that will shake his family to its very core.” from IMDB.com

The violence here is graphic, as is the case with many Cronenberg films, but not without purpose.  Where every other character is traumatized and shaken terribly by the violence, Tom Stall, played by Mortensen, deals with it with a disturbing level of calm and aplomb.  He is a man accustomed to violence and bloodshed.  Maria Bello, post ER and well before her star turn on the Americanized Prime Suspect, plays his wife.  There is definite chemistry between Bello and Mortensen and some sexy and later disturbing (as well as graphic) sex scenes between them.  Ed Harris and William Hurt also appear as mobsters and turn in excellent performances. Put this one in your Netflix queue.


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