Aroview: An incisive take on the noir thriller from celebrated horror auteur David Cronenberg (EXISTENZ et al), in which a smalltown family man (Mortensen) is set on a strange course of events after killing two crims who try to rob his diner.
Subsequently contacted by a more substantial hoodlum (Harris), who claims that Mortensen 'owes' him, questions about his seeming straighforwardness start to surface, complicated by further bursts of blood-letting. Although clearly 'straighter' than dir. Cronenberg's past efforts, this counts as one of his finest speculations about the possibilities of personal identity, in a gripping plot which, although dropping off in the final act, presents a mature look at the 'consequences' of violence. Adapted from the graphic novel by John Wagner and Vince Locke.
Average rating (Very Good). Showing 1-3 of 4 member reviews.
5 stars (Exceptional) The atmosphere throughtout the film and a couple of scenes in paticular seem a little off, but a brilliant lead performance from Mortensen and great supporting turns from Harris and Hurt make up for it in spades.~Wizzums
4 stars (Very Good) One of Cronenberg's best (in part due to a sensible plot), and Viggo is spectacular, delivering one of his career bests (alongside eastern promises). Once drawn in you'll want to see this one through.~Tom H