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A History of Violence 2005
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  • David Cronenberg
  • September 23, 2005
  • 96 mins
  • English
  • Crime, Drama, Thriller
Tom Stall had the perfect life... until he became a hero.
An average family is thrust into the spotlight after the father commits a seemingly self-defense murder at his diner.

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Brutal and sometimes rather boring movie about the ex-killer Joey Cusack from Philadelphia who started a new life as "Tom Stall", the friendly coffee-shop owner, in the nowhere of America. But one day, when two armed men try to rob his shop, he's forced to kill the two attackers and therefore gets known nationwide. And this is when his old enemies from Philly try to hunt him down while Stall denies his past, even to his wive and kids...

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A History of Violence was an interesting movie. I found the plot intriguing and it was superbly directed and acted. I'm still not entirely sure how I feel about it though. My only real complaint is that the scenes with the older son seemed awkward and just inserted for the sake of it at first, but even that ended up serving a purpose later on, though it did ruin my suspension of disbelief earlier on. Besides that, the pacing was really well-done, Mortensen’s fantastic and the violence was thrilling. All the parts of the film work really well and it definitely raises some interesting questions but... I don't know. I guess I'm still sort of mulling it over.

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nothing special

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