A History of Violence

I had quite high expectations for this movie, since I read several reviews praising Cronenberg’s latest work. And having high expectations really does not work for me, because it is really rarely I don’t get disappointed if I have high expectations for a movie. This movie is no exception.

I don’t like the story’s evolution. It really has a good start-up, but in never gets deep. I also don’t like Mortensen in this movie. He’s a little bit too drone, too steady for my taste. Miscast, I believe. Also Maria Bello does not seem to work here. Probably miscast, too.

What I like in this movie is the atmosphere, which is monotone, slow, heavy-aired and somewhat creepy. I also like Ed Harris‘ character – sinister and vicious. I also like the very successful transition from the graphic novel to movie. You can almost feel the drawn atmosphere on the paper.

As I said, the story really has a lot of potential, but in never got deep enough to get seriously “involved” into the plot. When I got out of the cinema, I was confused and in dilemma. Should I really like this movie or not? In time I learned that if I ask myself this question, that the answer normally shouldn’t be positive.

2 stars out of 5.