The life force

When two violent criminals show up at Tom Stall’s diner, he is forced to take action. He overcomes the assailants, obtains their gun and kills them. Widespread news coverage tells the story of this peaceful family man who halted the killers and their spree of violence.

David Cronenberg’s film A History of Violence doesn’t end there. Only days after the incident, three Mafia members show up at the diner, now packed with a lunchtime crowd, and one of them seems to know Tom (played by Viggo Mortensen). He says they are glad to have finally found him after all these years. They have come to take him back to Philadelphia for some “unfinished business.”


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