A History of Violence Reviews
Preaching that redemption is a myth is kinda misleading, but the movie convinces it's the truth.
As for the writing. I feel like it's a script written by the Coen brothers, but they had to hand it over to a serious director who doesnt like comedy so he deleted all of the light moments from the script to make a serious thriller. That's basically what it is, and it's remarkable. Also for a movie directed by David Cronenberg, this movie is surprisingly easy to watch without crazy disgusting imagery or practical effects, it's a pretty straight forward film which was interesting to see. The movie does have lots of explicit violence and 2 sex scenes, but you need to see something of Cronenberg's style in this film.
Except for the disappointing third act, David Cronenberg's ''A History of Violence'' truly is a remarkable thriller. (The slow build up is dismissive)
Despite its title and premise, this film is also surprisingly the least Cronenberg-esque film, at least in my opinion. There is no explicit imagery of body horror or perverse sexuality, no biting satire and only very quick moments of violence. The plot of the film is also strangely linear and straight-forward considering Cronenberg's usual gravitation towards genre complexity and unconventionally twisty storytelling. However, A History of Violence is complex and unconventional in its own subtle ways, hidden beneath a deceptively simple story. A History of Violence is a strong film and is in many ways an uncharacteristic entry in David Cronenberg's filmography. I just wish it had taken its compelling ideas a bit further.