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Tom's wife isn't so much turned off by his violent past or the necessary lethal force with which he defends their family as she is offended by his years of lies and deception. His son isn't afraid of his awakened true father but rather offended at Tom's blatant hypocrisy over the use of violence to stand up for one's self. His daughter isn't offended at all because she doesn't know any better.
As it should be. Humans are savage in nature, no matter how much you try to dress it up, to disguise it. As Roger Ebert said, "If Tom Stall had truly been the cheerful small-town guy he pretended to be, he would have died in that diner. It was Joey who saved him."
Cronenberg expertly points out that the function of violence is not a concern of morality, not a matter of right or wrong, but of survival. Violence is a means for the survival of the fittest.
One of the more effective and vicious gangster films made in recent years, and certainly one of the most historically dodgy, AG runs on powerhouse acting from leads Denzel Washington and Russell Crowe and a smart script that weaves its story from opposite ends until they finally meet in a satisfying and crowd-pleasing fashion in the film's finale. This is arguably Ridley Scott's most underrated film.
Takes a while to get to the true action, but it's sooooo worth the wait. The fact that the movie actually has something of a story (a simple one, but a story nonetheless) is commendable given the franchise's reputation, and it works. The best Rambo since First Blood, for what it's worth.
The director's cut is the way to go, but regardless of the script's inevitable shortcomings, Stallone's labor of love pet-project is a successful violent throwback to the far more potent action films of the '80's. Check your narrative and character development expectations at the door and get ready for R-rated action sequences that have been sorely missing from the superhero-movie-dominated cinemas of the 2000's and 2010's.