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. One night, though, their idyllic existence is shattered when Tom foils a vicious attempted robbery in his diner. 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 supposed 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. A History of Violence is loosely based on the graphic novel by Vince Locke and John Wagner. –New Line Cinema
David Cronenberg, also known as the King of Venereal Horror or the Baron of blood, was born in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, in 1943. His father was a journalist, and his mother was a piano player. After showing an inclination for literature at an early age (he wrote and published eerie short stories, thus following his father’s path) and for music (playing classical guitar until he was 12), Cronenberg graduated from the University of Toronto with a degree in Literature after switching from the science department. He reached the cult status of horror-meister with the gore-filled, modern-vampire variations of Shivers (1975) and Rabid (1977), following an experimental apprenticeship in independent filmmaking and in Canadian television programs.
Cronenberg gained popularity with the head-exploding, telepathy-based Scanners (1981) after the release of the much underrated, controversial, and autobiographical The Brood (1979). Cronenberg become a sort… read more
I really liked this one. "A History of Violence" is pretty much what it says on the title. First time in a movie that one unnessesary sex scene, becames actually important later on. What is morality anyways? What is family? What makes you do the right thing? Haeck, what is even the right thing to do? Really makes you think about it. Really good movie.
para mim um dos melhores filmes de cronenberg. uma abordagem refinada e poderosa da violência. uma fotografia e posicionamentos de câmera que mostram domínio e entregam um produto extremamente bem acabado e de bom gosto, onde a beleza convive com o gore e com a catarse. uma história silenciosa e calma, mas ao mesmo tempo graficamente forte e potente.
Luego de Spider (2002) o quizás desde esa película, David Cronenberg volvió a cambiarse la piel, similar a lo que pasó cuando en 1988 dirigió Dead Ringers y abandonaba en cierta medida el cine de terror… read review
A great adaption by Cronenberg. I love the tone of the movie, it’s such an odd sense of security. Viggo Mortensen and Ed Harris were perfect in this and just made the movie all the more real and entertaining… read review
David Cronenberg nos entrega otra pelicula llena de violencia su nombre nos relata ya una completa Historia de Violencia , brindandonos una sordida muestra de violecia , tanto en la psiquis como en… read review