Unassuming small-town diner owner and family man Tom Stall foils a robbery, killing the hold-up men, and becomes a hero. This new status brings the unwanted attention of a trio of men who claim to be from Tom's past. And a very violent past it turns out to be. Cronenberg, with the exceptional help of a great cast, deftly and cleverly plays with the notion of identity and reality, while he takes a jab at the audience's knowledge of and expectations for action movies and their conventions. It's all very cool and engrossing, but he makes you squirm a little for enjoying the ride.
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Available on DVD
Running time 96 minutes.
Originally from United States.
L.A. Film Critics 2005: Support. Actor (Hurt); N.Y. Film Critics 2005: Support. Actor (Hurt), Support. Actress (Bello); Natl. Soc. Film Critics 2005: Director (Cronenberg), Support. Actor (Harris).
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