I searched but couldn’t find a thread on this, so…
I just got back from seeing it and I’m still shaken up. I feel like I need to catch my breath–several times. Viggo Mortensen was great, Maria Bello deserves a nomination, and Ed Harris scared the crap outta me. I thought William Hurt smirked too much, but maybe it’s just me.
I was rather surprised–though perhaps I shouldn’t have been–by the number of people in the theater who clapped loudly when the teenage boy beat the stuffing out of the bully, and later when he shot one of the thugs on the front lawn; and when Tom/Joey killed all those other guys.
I understand that it was a release of tension, but I don’t think those scenes were meant to spark a celebration of the violence and deaths.
The scene on the stairs will have you talking if you see it, and it was just as disturbing as the scenes mentioned above.
And on that note, a slight rant to the people in the audience, again: Was it really necessary for you to whoop and holler and giggle just because a man and woman engaged in sex and you happened to see a bit of patootie? I’m starting to wonder if I should go to the late shows instead of the matinees. It would be worth the extra bucks if I could watch it with people who would take things a bit more seriously.
The ending scene is powerful in its silence. It leaves you to ponder the violent undercurrent that runs through so many people, even the ones you think you know.