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Tom Stall is a pillar of a small town community who runs a diner and lives a happy and quiet life with his wife and two children. But their lives are forever changed when Tom thwarts an attempted robbery and is lauded as a hero by the media, attracting the attention of some mobsters who believe he is someone else.
Drama - This is a serious, dark drama with a number of very violent, very
bloody sequences. This is not a film for those especially sensitive
to graphic bloodshed; however, this is also not an action film per
but a drama with some violent moments.
PROFANITY: 15 F-words, 14 S-words, 7 GD's, a number of others. SEX/NUDITY: A couple of sex scenes with related nudity. VIOLENCE: Very bloody shootings, beatings, and killings. DRUGS/ALCOHOL: Alcohol and tobacco. ACTION: A couple of shootout sequences. COMEDY: Some darkly humorous dialogue.
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Berardinelli, Internet CriticFull Review Good A History of Violence can be seen as a thriller, but in many ways it works best during its quieter moments. As the title indicates, this is not a sedate art film. It contains moments of sharp, vicious mayhem and there is a body count. But the strength of the movie lies in its psychological complexity and depth.
Roger EbertFull Review Very Good 'A History of Violence' seems deceptively straightforward, coming from a director with Cronenberg's quirky complexity. But think again. This is not a movie about plot, but about character.
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OPINION OVERVIEW The following is the original "What's Worth
Watching" write-up for this movie.
We collected 130 moviegoer opinions. These opinions aren't terrible, but they certainly aren't very good. There are very few high opinions and lots of low to very low opinions. Fortunately, most of the opinions are in the average to above average range. From reading the detailed opinions it appears the main problems with this movie is the graphic violence and sex. If these two things don't bother you then I have no problem recommending "A History of Violence." If you aren't sure then I would say to either see a cheaper matinee or wait for the video so you can fast forward through objectionable scenes.
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.