Friday, April 21, 2006

Well worth watching

I used to wonder if Viggo Mortensen could escape Aragorn, but I think he already has in A History of Violence. The plot is fairly simple, with two bad dudes sticking up the wrong diner. After Viggo dispatches the dastards, three worse dudes show up to claim our hero is a Mobster! What makes it compelling are the performances of Mortensen, Maria Bello and Ed Harris (who is good almost everywhere.) The impact on Mortensen's family is a major element of the movie and is what keeps it from being a pedestrian pulp movie.

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