Wednesday, January 20, 2016

A History of Violence (2005)

An American crime drama directed by David Cronenberg, starring Viggo Mortensen.
The owner of a small town diner shoots a robber who is trying to hold the place up. He becomes a local hero and is shown on television. Gangsters see him and recognize a former co-worker. Is the main character a guy with a family and a diner or a ruthless mob boss?
Another Viggo Mortensen flick. It's always interesting for me to imagine an actor whose fame came from another role playing that role in one of their lesser-known films. Here we have Aragorn serving coffee. The plot kept my interest and the characters fit their roles. The acting was good, especially the son's jokes about having a mob father. Pacing felt right all the way through, with just enough side-story/B-roll footage to really set the stage for the main plot. The video was clear, with not too many dark scenes of underexposure and lots of good slow panning in the camera-work. I'm saying all good stuff about this, so I give it one of those solid green ratings that should be the goal of all movies.

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