Tomatometer: 86%Adjusted Score: 82.6
Author John Wagner, who (along with illustrator Vince Locke) wrote "A History of Violence" as a graphic novel in 1997, was no stranger to film adaptations even before director David Cronenberg brought this story to the screen in 2005; Wagner's "Judge Dredd" was turned into one of the most memorable cinematic failures of 1995. Thankfully, "A History of Violence" is light-years removed from "Dredd" -- where the latter was loaded with cartoonish violence, the former is a thoughtful examination of violence, and its very real costs. Anchored by a solid performance from Viggo Mortenson as a man who tries desperately to escape his past, and a mesmerizingly unfettered turn by John Hurt as the too-real spectre of that past, "History" scoffs at the notion of comics as kids' stuff.
A History of Violence raises compelling and thoughtful questions about the nature of violence, while representing a return to form for director David Cronenberg -- in one of his more uncharacteristic pieces.
Canadian director David Cronenberg, whose impressive oeuvre includes such disparate works as THE DEAD ZONE, THE FLY, DEAD RINGERS, M. BUTTERFLY, and SPIDER, has made what might be the best film of his...
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