A History of Violence tells the story of a man who runs away from his violent past to start a normal life, only to meet his past surface before him in an unexpected twist. There’s nothing new in the plot, but how Cronenberg presents the film is nothing sort of extraordinary. After several bloody shootouts later, he finally meets his brother, his veritable opposite, who asks him a pertinent question, he is the earlier person when he goes to sleep and dream?
A History of Violence is a 2005 American crime thriller film directed by David Cronenberg and written by Josh Olson. It is an adaptation of the 1997 graphic novel of the same name by John Wagner and Vince Locke. The film stars Viggo Mortensen as the owner of a diner who is thrust into the spotlight after killing two robbers in self-defense. The film was in the main competition for the 2005 Palme d'Or. The film was put into limited release in the United States on September 23, 2005, and wide-release on September 30, 2005. William Hurt was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor, while Josh Olson was nominated for Academy Award for Best Writing (Adapted Screenplay).