This film’s tagline is that "everyone has something to hide…" I guess that means everyone BUT the director, David Cronenberg… because he shows it all.
Is the film intriguing? Yes…I was caught by the preview alone. The story is about Tom, a small time diner owner (Mortensen), protecting his family. When two murderous criminals enter his diner, he easily disarms them and violently kills them both. This draws a lot of press, and before long some mafia characters (Ed Harris…) show up claiming that Tom is really “Joey” a mobster from Philly. Good storyline. Tom denies these allegations but has to face the mob to protect his family. Actually, he has to blow out the back of some of their skulls so we can see how cool that looks! As the violence gets more intense… more of Tom’s history is revealed. (Actually, Viggo reveals a little more than just his history!)
If the title doesn’t tell you enough, just read why the MPAA rated it R. I didn’t and only lasted through half the film. I left during the violent sex scene on the stairway…(Of course I had chose a seat against the wall in the theatre and had to scootch past 12 people to get out…can you spell AWKWARD?)
Cronenberg is known for “going there.” He can’t just imply that something happens, he has to show you each gruesome aspect. He can’t just imply that a married couple has sex, he shows you every detail. (Ever blushed in a movie theatre?) Some critics say this is “disturbing realism.” Personally, I think that David is a pervert that needs to have his cranium checked.
My friend assures me that the ending of this film was really good. Even if it is, you have to wade through a pool of crap to get there. Sorry.. skip this one.
SHOULD KIDS SEE IT?
I shouldn’t have even seen it!
As said above, we recommend you skip this film. But on the occasion that your teen actually has already seen it, you may want to dialogue about the film with them. These questions below may be a help to you.
Three Simple Questions (with Answers You May Be Looking for):
- What are some of the messages or themes you observed in this movie?
- How do you suppose we—as serious Christ-followers—should react to this movie?
- How can we move from healthy, Bible-based opinions about this movie to actually living out those opinions?