A History of Violence is about Tom Stall, a small-town cat chillin' with fly wife and kids, workin' in his small coffee-shop, when a random robbery attempt forces him to show a side of himself that no one suspected he had: a gift for blinding violence.
The film was directed by auteur filmmaker David Cronenberg (Spider, Dead Zone), who uses a style of storytelling in the movie that clearly my fellow moviegoers did not appreciate... Cronenberg is minimal in the direction of his actors (who were all phenomenal, even the toddler, who had many opportunities to be annoying!) and the exposition of story details, leaving much of the story points just off camera.
That said, i think many of the displeased moviegoers wanted more detail... i had no trouble figuring out what was happening, and could not resist the urge to try an guess what would happen next. That's a good sign! also, the movie ended very abruptly, which i think bothered folks also. the film assumes that a viewer has been around the block, leaving stuff out that you can just as well fill in yourself. what they put onscreen more than does the job, including a chilling performance from veteran actor Ed Harris, playing Carl Fogarty. anyways A History of Violence was HOT! check that joint out on DVD (or whatever YOU got!) ...