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The Trailer Park: A History of Violence

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I saw this trailer the other day, and it made me want to watch another movie. That isn’t a negative, it just reminded me a lot of a film that came out about ten years ago with a seemingly similar setup.

The older film is Renny Harlin’s Long Kiss Goodnight. I haven’t watched that in a long time, but I remember it being a fun over the top type action film. It featured Geena Davis as, I believe, a teacher. It turns out she was suffering from amnesia, and she was actually some sort of assassin.

This one is a bit different. First off it’s got a much better director in David Cronenberg, the twisted mind behind some of the most bizarre films ever made. Second it is starring Viggo Mortensen, while he is no Davis, he is becoming a pretty good actor in his own right. Then there is Ed Harris with a messed up eye.

The trailer sets up a sleepy little town where not much happens. Viggo has a family and runs a diner. One night at closing time a pair of guys come in a hold up attempt, which Viggo handles quickly and easily leaving the two men dead. Then Ed Harris shows up to expose the truth behind Viggo’s past.

I loved the slow leisurely pace of the trailer. It looks great, and I am really looking forward to seeing this one.

You can see the trailer HERE.

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  • i love cronenberg, and hope for the best with this, but the trailer, and the clip you can see on the official site, looks awfully generic and dull. here’s hopin, though.

  • I liked the trailer, I thought the slow pacing works for the material. I am sure Cronenberg has some surprises in store for us.

  • lets hope so. and is it only me, or does it seem like a Stephen King adaptation?? obviously it isn’t, but man, it feels so King its unbelievable.

  • Shark

    The screenplay is great, and the film has gotten really good reviews.

    The screenwriter, Josh Olsen, deviated from the original story (thank god), making it more interesting — and with some added black humor and a few nifty twists.

    And William Hurt and Ed Harris in a Cronenberg film?! Gawd, what’s not to like!?

    Disclaimer: Josh is a close pal o’ mine.