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AHOVA History of Violence(John Wagner book)
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YOU WOULDN'T KNOW IT TO LOOK AT HIM, BUT cafe owner and small-town dad Tom Stall (Viggo Mortensen) also has A History of Violence (New Line Cinema) in David Cronenberg's tale about a killer who tries to escape his past by creating his own witness protection program.
But A History of Violence also unmasks the audience cheering Tom on as he slaughters a platoon of movie villains.
In an era of independent films that are calculated attention grabbers and mainstream movies pumped up with sound and fury, it's inspiring that David Cronenberg has made a movie as gripping, intricate and flawlessly directed as A History of Violence.
A History of Violence opens with a long take that starts on the exterior of an old-time country motel, cicadas buzzing in soft light, and tracks to a convertible just as a guy emerges from a cabin and slides into the passenger seat.
At Cannes--where a polling agency called Mediametrie reported that A History of Violence was this year's number-one movie--many viewers read Cronenberg's take on mid-western America, and the film's hero, as demystification.
Arguably Cronenberg's most naturalistic movie, as well as one steeped in myth, A History of Violence induces you to believe in its elegiac depiction of Millbrook and its inhabitants.
In A History of Violence, just when Leland and Billy embark on their robbery-and-murder spree, Tom abruptly leaps out of his mild-mannered personality and blows the creeps away with lightning speed and breathtaking efficiency.
At first in awe of his valiant act, Edie and the children start to wonder, as Fogarty puts it, "How come he's so good at killing people?" For viewers who see Tom as a symbol of America, Forgartys quesuo could imply: Why does one of the most vigorous, big-hearted nations in history have such a history of violence?
For Cronenberg, A History of Violence grapples with this question of "creational identity." Could someone like Joey turn himself into someone like Tom.
A History of Violence reflects the mind-boggling cases of double identity that loom up in real-life stories.
In A History of Violence, Tom and Joey, like the Mantle brothers in Dead Ringers, are inextricably linked.