(Recommended by SI blog reader Jyoti Ramakrishnan)
We are some 20 odd minutes into A History of Violence.
The only reason we’re watching this 2005 movie is because of Viggo Mortensen.
We’ll update this post after we finish watching A History of Violence.
By the way, if you are curious to know more about A History of Violence you can read the Wiki profile of the movie.
A History of Violence is a decent movie. No question about it.
Viggo Mortensen, who plays the character of the diner owner Tom Stall whose family life comes under strain as his past returns to haunt him, is delightful as ever.
We also enjoyed William Hurt (who plays Richie Cusak) and Maria Bello (she plays Tom’s wife Edie Stall). Both are talented actors.
William Hurt was very impressive in the short 10-minute role and richly deserved the Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actor for his work in this film.
The confrontation between the brothers Richie and Joey is one of the high points of the film.
Who can forget the sneering Richie as he confronts Joey:
Hey, when you dream are you still Joey?
You can read more about William Hurt in this Wiki profile.
But the story overall left us more than a bit disappointed. Nothing remarkable about it.
Plus there were too many holes in the story.
In this Internet age, how difficult can it be for the cops to find out the truth about Joey Stall. Also what happens to the bodies of Carl Fogarty and the other thugs.
The sex scenes, particularly the one on the stairs, was completely gratuitous. What was the purpose?
All that said, we enjoyed A History of Violence and would definitely consider buying the DVD.
If you live in the U.S., you can rent A History of Violence from Netflix.