dvd reviews

By Jared Curtis


‘The Road’
Directed by John Hillcoat
Rated R, 111 minutes

One of the best films of 2009, based on one of the best books I’ve read, “The Road” finally makes its way to DVD. Director John Hillcoat (“The Proposition”) has created a creepy, yet beautiful landscape of destruction and chaos as the world has been through a major disaster and a father (Viggo Mortensen) and son (Kodi Smit-McPhee) fight for daily survival. Cannibalistic gangs roam the wasteland as the father and son scavenge anything they can find. The film, much like the book, moves at a brisk pace and engulfs the viewer in a world gone mad. Robert Duvall shines in his few scenes as the Old Man, and Guy Pierce provides a glimmer of hope in a darkening world. “The Road” is a triumphant film that exceeded my expectations, and I encourage everyone to experience this masterpiece. CV


‘A History of Violence’
Directed by David Cronenberg
2005, Rated R, 96 minutes

Easily the best film of 2005 and arguably the best film of the decade, “A History of Violence” takes audiences on a ride like no other. Tom Stall (Viggo Mortensen) is your average small town diner owner. He has a sexy wife named Edie (Maria Bello) and two happy kids. But when two thugs try to rob his diner, Tom’s world is turned upside down. After fighting off the thieves and saving his employees, Tom is called a hero and his face is plastered all over the news. But his heroics draw the attention of Carl Fogerty (Ed Harris), a mafia type gangster who believes that Tom is actually the brother of his boss (William Hurt), who disappeared years ago. “A History of Violence” weaves a tale of violence, deceit and betrayal but also shows the power of a strong family bond. Do yourself a favor and see this film immediately. CV

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