It is the adopted life the invented one that is real. The sex scenes are there to show the proximity of lust and violence. It's unlike usual action films. Cronenberg said he had to be careful with the angles they shot Viggo with--sometimes he'd look too much like Joey. The one it goes to is wholly conventional and could have been lifted from several hundred movies intact. It's about the inexhaustible rage of humans.
I recommend A History of Violence highly. I cannot believe that people who have actually gone to watch this movie and are leaving positive reviews are actually leading their lives without the aid of a white stick and Labrador! From youthful loving to hard violence, from simple innocent joys to the full depth of adult violence and sex, and ultimate redemption, this film has it all. The cast, with the exception of a fish out of water performance from Ashton Holmes as the son, Jack, is fine. His role reminds more Bill Murray's 'Broken Flowers', he is filling the screen with a calm that hides intense feelings. It will and should get some awards at the end of the year from critics and etc.
It was just a crass attempt to inject some sexual interest into a horribly stale script. In the middle of the night young Sarah Heidi Hayes wakes from a nightmare. At first it seems a film to look into the undercurrent of violence in even the most domestic of communities. Maria thought her character would vomit, but there was no bathroom--just a closet--so the production designer quickly made a bathroom with what they had. Though he traditionally does music, Cronenberg found whatever musical cues they he and Composer Howard Shaw put over the spoiled the tension that was there. Even with her glamor subdued she is stunning and sexy. I still can't get this film out of my mind.
Tom Stall owns a café, has a good family, has no worries but that he can't get his truck started. I saw the film at the Cannes Film Festival. I was never bored, and never overwhelmed with overdone violence. I recommend A History of Violence highly. As Fogarty and his Hench Men put the pressure on, Stall and his family are in danger of being overwhelmed with violence and mistrust. In that Lynch project, the two genres become characters themselves, seducing each other.
The plot, if described without the plot and the context created by the script, would seem somewhat absurd, but like Woody Allen's Match Point, it's absurdity does not make it impossible to believe. It was artificially lit to look like bright daylight was streaming inside. Ed Harris was delightfully menacing, and William Hurt gave the liveliest and best performance I've seen from him. A History of Violence questions the power that familial and media violence has on both individuals and our culture at large. Backed up by veterans Ed Harris and William Hurt, and very strongly supported by the excellent Maria Bello, Mortensen is shockingly excellent in a difficult role. The rating of 10 is based on my personal experience with the film, not necessarily the merit of the film itself.
The results are the same. Tom Stall Viggo Mortensen owns a little diner in a small town and has a nice house on the outskirts of town, where he and his wife Edie Maria Bello raise their two kids apparently living the American dream in their own way. We can comfort ourselves with silly Viggo:. This is one of Cronenbergs best films. There are moments in the film where you laugh and then are horrified within seconds. He rises to the occasion, surprising himself, his employees and the audience by deftly finishing the villains off, and becomes the rather unwilling all-American hero of the day. Then it just decides to be another story of a man escaping a past he didn't like, and finding out that he can't.
Tom kills both like they are not even there. Viggo Mortensen has the presence of an icon and yet he can disappear be invisible in the most magnetic way. This works well with the film in that everyone in it is either just as docile as Tom, or trying to be smooth and stoic, which involves an outward appearance of docility. The name is synonymous with films dealing with violent and sexual content matter. Then some violent criminals decide to mess with his coworkers during closing, and he shows a side of himself nobody in the film expected: the ability to kill with relative ease.
In his latest film he seems to be saying - evil is here among us, it is dormant in any of us, it can be awaken and maybe put to sleep again, but at a price. It is one of my top five reasons for considering 2005 to have been a great year in North American film. As the title indicates it's a very violent film but guess it will be toned down as usual, specially the sex scene. There is another scene in the movie where Edie takes her daughter to the mall and she sees Fogarty again and he tells her to ask her husband a very shocking question which is spoiled by the trailer of which I won't mention. There's cars crashing and buildings falling down, but really, if there's no damage to the human body it's still not what we worry about. And sometimes, a director needs to make a film which does everything they want to accomplish but leaves off the signature. Part of the joy in this is how our characters are sucked in, with a slight variation of the noir convention of a world that conspires against humans.
He hints at his answer with son Jack's explosive actions. The distinctive voice of long-time Ontario Jockey Club announcer Frank Salive can be clearly heard in the first few moments of the scene. Every piece of clothing and set, every camera angle and lighting propelled the story relentlessly. I'm all for scenes of nudity within movies hell I'll pay extra , but the completely inappropriate use of such scenes in this movie left me squirming. .