David Cronenberg tackles violence, human nature, and the treasured American myth of self-reinvention in this masterful psychological thriller, one of the best films of the past decade.
Viggo Mortensen plays a small-town family man who proves shockingly adept at deadly force when two sadistic thugs turn up at his modest diner. His lethal actions suggest a secret past; his wife (Maria Bello) and kids see him with new eyes; and there is unwanted attention from the national media — and from a scar-faced Philadelphia gangster (Ed Harris) with a grudge.
Cronenberg’s most universally-acclaimed film received Oscar nominations for Best Adapted Screenplay (Josh Olson) and Best Supporting Actor (William Hurt).
Director: David Cronenberg