Re: RARA-AVIS: A History of Violence

From: Vince Keenan (
Date: 10 Oct 2005

I can't speak to how the film compares to the Wagner/Locke graphic novel. I think as a thriller, VIOLENCE is somewhat flat and uninvolving. As a David Cronenberg movie, though, it has genuine staying power. The ideas that interest him -- the human disposition toward violence, the obligations of family biological and otherwise -- register strongly. I just wish he'd found a way to marry them to the main storyline.

And for what it's worth, I loved the William Hurt scene, even though it seemed like the actor had wandered in from a Coen Brothers movie.

Vince Pop culture, high and low, past and present. One day at a time.

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