Uh… I am really not sure where to begin. I saw A History of Violence tonight and boy was I underimpressed. I will probably judge it more harshly than I should because I had heard a lot of good internet buzz about the film. While I enjoyed the heck out of watching Viggo Mortenson act (hey, I even liked Hidalgo), the writing killed this one.
I mean, I could overlook the fact that the main storyline had plot holes you could walk through. I could even overlook that the writers felt the need to lead you by the nose through what was happening. What I cannot forgive is the horrible backstory of the kid getting bullied in school. Come on… his dialogue is that of a 9 year old, he looks like he’d 40 and seems like he is cut from the pages of a dime novel.
The only thing other thing I liked about the film was the manner in which the protagonist dealt with his nemesis at the end. (I won’t spoil it for you… its the only reward after an hour and a half of time invested.)
RATING 5 out of 10