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« on: July 30, 2009, 01:53:22 PM »

Well I don't know, I liked the build up and I liked Viggo's performance (something's wrong with me, this is becoming a habit), but the ending undermined it all. I'm thinking the wrong move was when they decided to go with the ''meet the old friend'' ending, then after William Hurt delivers his lines they found themselves in front of a closed door, with only one possible way out, the ''boom-boom bang-bang everybody's dead and our hero suffers but lives to see the dawn'' joker key. Ed Harris and Stephen McHattie were also not used to the full of their capabilities. Half hour shorter than it should have been.


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« Reply #1 on: July 30, 2009, 04:15:54 PM »

I'm pretty much in agreement. The movie was appropriately tense, well-acted and dramatic, as well as fairly unique and atmospheric, with great performances across the board, for most of its length. (I especially liked the subplot with Viggo's son and the school bully.) After the killing of Ed Harris and Co., however, it fell back on action movie cliches that it had carefully avoided up to that point. I can imagine Viggo plausibly disarming two hoods and killing them, and even his showdown with Harris's goons, but the last scene with William Hurt was just ludicrous. Seven seems about right.

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« Reply #2 on: July 31, 2009, 03:46:12 AM »

Yeah, they sacrificed the ending so that William Hurt can have a couple of lines; it was pointless (though he wasn't bad). He got a Oscar nomination, they fucked up the movie.

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« Reply #3 on: July 31, 2009, 06:04:43 AM »

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« Reply #4 on: January 21, 2010, 09:52:36 PM »

A History of Violence (2005) - 7.5/10

Why not a 8?

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« Reply #5 on: January 21, 2010, 10:04:16 PM »

The ending stinks.

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« Reply #6 on: January 22, 2010, 10:10:53 AM »

I was more referring to Viggo's confrontation with William Hurt, which was rather lamely handled in my opinion. But fair enough.

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« Reply #7 on: January 22, 2010, 11:10:08 AM »

Yes, it does. It's the lamest kind of open ending you can have. The biggest question in the whole movie is "can Edie forgive Tom?" and it's not answered.

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« Reply #8 on: January 22, 2010, 11:14:22 AM »

Who's Edie?

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« Reply #9 on: January 22, 2010, 11:23:35 AM »

I was more referring to Viggo's confrontation with William Hurt, which was rather lamely handled in my opinion. But fair enough.
The film seems to be two acts of a three-act play. Where's the third act?

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« Reply #10 on: January 22, 2010, 11:57:54 AM »

They were leaving it open for a sequel/the audience to decide. I.e., they were lazy.

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« Reply #11 on: January 22, 2010, 12:55:20 PM »

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« Reply #12 on: January 23, 2010, 07:08:58 AM »

Haha:)
seriously, that's his wife? If yes, to me, the last scene (in the kitchen) answers pretty mich everything...
It doesn't answer shit. At least I don't think it answers the question "will she forgive him?". You can interpret his expression as either fear or "I'm sorry". Or then I should see the movie again...

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« Reply #13 on: January 23, 2010, 09:18:17 AM »

Well, the questions keep on coming: Will he do it again (if challenged)? Now that he's got his game back, is this gonna be a regular thing? And what about the son? Now that he's learned that violence can and frequently DOES solves problems, will he begin to follow in his father's footsteps? The fact that none of these issues are addressed seriously counts against the film.

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« Reply #14 on: January 25, 2010, 10:56:16 AM »

It doesn't answer shit. At least I don't think it answers the question "will she forgive him?". You can interpret his expression as either fear or "I'm sorry". Or then I should see the movie again...

To me the ending means: he's back, he feels guilty, but he's accepted by everyone in the house. They don't have to like the part of him they discovered (and HE doesn't have to like it either), but they accept it. It comes with the guy. And more generally with America, if the movie is meant to talk more about the country than about this particular family.

That's the way I understood the movie at the time, but I only saw it once, in theater.

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