A History of Violence

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  • An average family is thrust into the spotlight after the father (Viggo Mortensen) commits a seemingly self-defense murder at his diner. Format: BLU-RAY DISC Genre: ACTION/ADVENTURE Rating: R Age: 883929037926 UPC: 883929037926 Manufacturer No: 1000042712

An average family is thrust into the spotlight after the father (Viggo Mortensen) commits a seemingly self-defense murder at his diner.Amazon.com
On the surface, David Cronenberg may seem an unlikely candidate to direct A History of Violence, but dig deeper and you’ll see that he’s the right man for the job. As an intellectual seeker of meaning and an avowed believer in Darwinian survival of the fittest, Cronenberg knows that the story of mild-mannered small-town … More >>

A History of Violence

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  1. This movie built up to nothing. The ending was a huge disappointment. Do not see this movie.
    Rating: 1 / 5

  2. This movie was so hyped!

    I saw it in the theater last year and it was pretty weak. It wasn’t boring, so it could have been worse, but it certainly isn’t a masterpeice. Oh, and what a smutty film. Mortensen rapes his own wife! This film is schizophrenic. The family loves him, they dont, they do, they dont, his son is a nerd, his son is a genetic psycho freak like his dad, then his son is a puss dweeb again…. so bad!

    The only way I will buy this one is if it ends up in Walmarts 5.00 discount bin. Give it a year and I bet we will see it in the bin!
    Rating: 3 / 5

  3. I went to this movie in the theater because of the great cast. I’m not a huge fan of crime drama, but it looked like it could be an odd gem. I was right, but not in the way I expected.

    For a film intended to be a serious thriller, it was hilarious. Every scene seemed to trump the previous in silliness and unbelievability. The dialog was clunky, the violence/gore was strangely over the top, the sex scenes were just plain funny (and oddly graffic), and the characters were completely one dimentional. I’ve got to hand it to the actors. They pulled this film together with sheer star power, barely keeping afloat the paper-thin story. There were times that I just couldn’t believe it was intended to be taken seriously, like it was some big inside joke.

    I don’t want to spoil it for you, but let me give you a teaser of what’s in this laugh-packed film: A simple, family man who’s managed to “hide his identity” from everyone, a one-eyed bad guy with a Brooklyn accent (from Philly), a hapless country sheriff, a hapless woman, a hapless (possibly retarded) teenager, a stilted hold-up gone terribly wrong, 69, bodies that disappear without investigation, the longest drive recorded on film, an estranged, rich, mob-boss brother (who should have paid more for security), and a meatloaf that never gets eaten.

    Buy it because you want to own a film that will be a cult classic. It’s fabulously awful.
    Rating: 1 / 5

  4. If you’re looking for that sort of thing I think you need to take a toke from whatever (most of) the rest of these reviewers are smoking. I think you’d have to be stoned to actually GET anything from this movie, except a good laugh at how laughably bad it is.

    I really don’t know what’s funnier though, the movie or some of these pretentious reviews of the movie.

    The emporoer has no clothes.

    Jeesus H. Christ, I hated this movie. It’s been a long time since I wanted to walk out on a film within the first fifteen minutes. Wait a minute . . . no it hasn’t. There was “The Constant Gardener”. Yuck. Anyway, back to the turd in question. The storyline had one gimmick. A good premise, that went nowhere. So, the story sucked, but it wasn’t the worst thing about this film. The worst thing about this film was the MILF. Every second she was on screen was one more second that I seriously contemplated a mad dash for the door. She was plain awful. Her overly melodramatic, shrewlike, smarmy dialouge was bad enough. I’ll give her credit for a decent performance. It wasn’t her fault that the casting director, film director and screenwriter sucked. She seemed to be a good actress, but I guess it’s hard to act your way out of a bad movie. I wouldn’t know. In fact, I don’t know a damn thing about making movies, except that I know a bad one when I see it. Anyway, I simply didn’t buy the idea that this movie “mom” had a sixteen year old son, a five year old daughter and hips like a seventeen year old girl. Needless to say, her makeup & hair were always perfect. Yeah, right. Major pet peeves of mine. I’m sick of Hollywood’s version of regular folks who look as though they stepped out of a Spiegel catalog. Seriously, the only time I enjoyed her performance was when she flashed the beaver . . . but, ummm I gotta ask, just what the hell WAS that all about? Hey, I’m into 69’ing cheerleaders and rough sex on the stairway, but I wasn’t expecting to see either one in this particular movie. At least, not where the director put them, not from those angles, not for that long and not set to a “Tender Moments” soundtrack. Hot scenes, I guess, but besides being out of place they went on tooooo long. And that MUSIC. Aaaarghhhh! I mean, if I’m watching people bump and grind I expect some bowmp-ba-bowmp or screetching guitars or Bolero or anything but that sappy Hallmark Movie of the Week, elevator music. God, this movie sucked. Just sucked. I need a drink.

    Rating: 1 / 5

  5. I felt that I had to write a negative review upon seeing how many positives there are.

    Be warned: this movie is not for everyone!

    I don’t have a weak stomach, I’m open to independent films, I like new and interesting story lines, and am not overly sensitive.

    But this movie was…well, to put it politely, this movie was crap. Honestly, I can’t imagine what someone could find in this movie to give it more than 1 star.

    I’ll admit, it started out kind of interesting, but only got worse from there. The son was portrayed in such a cliche role that it made me want to throw up…just a little. Also, I felt the ending was overly predictable. There were 2 random, disturbing sex scenes that just made me think, “WHY?”

    Ugh, overall, it was a total waste of my night. I should’ve stayed home studying and if I had, it would’ve been a lot more fun.
    Rating: 1 / 5

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