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i saw this movie on dvd last night. A couple murdering thugs try to take over Tom's (Viggo Mortensen) diner in some small Indhickiana town. Tom kills 'em real dead, becomes town hero and gets the attention of a few out-of-state creeps (Ed Harris, the always brilliant William Hurt). Great performances all around (also from Maria Bello as Tom's wife, Edie) and a low low key direction by David "Scanners" Cronenberg.

i really enjoyed this film but there was something missing. There should have been more discussion on the motivations of Viggo's character. My apetite was whettted for a juicy morality tale and i'm still hungry. Still i recommend it as a rental, and anyone who's seen it, please add your two dinars worth of comments.
 
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Hi Xc

How ya doin..???


I saw this a whileback at the theatre.
Val likes Viggo ALOT.

I think this got rave reviews I thought it was so-so.
I alos thought Hurt was LOUSY as a mobster

Totally fake.
Hes just too nice a guy to pull it off or maybe tried for an accent he cant do.





I said Duh!
 
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heya BrucE

i thought Hurt was supposed to play a lousy inept mobster, i dunno.

But it didn't seem there was enough emphasis on how Viggo's character changed from hitman to fry cook and why. It wasn't really 'a history of violence', more like 'an essay on an outline on maybe writing a history of violence'. Which wasn't bad, just kinda left an empty feeling.
 
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I liked the film, but agree with xc about the character development. Tom's in particular. I was left longing for a better explanation. What happened some 20 odd years ago? What was so compelling as to cause someone to essentially 'kill' themselves?



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