An amiable small-town guy (Viggo Mortensen) runs a diner where a band of big-city hoodlums gathers to stir up trouble. When he outdraws the bad guys and saves a roomful of innocent customers, Mortensen's Tom Stall becomes a homespun vigilante hero in the national press--and unwittingly parts the curtain on his murky past. America's most learned and respected critics have spoken with one voice on this David Cronenberg film, describing it as a "masterpiece of indirection and pure visceral thrills," a "study in transference and transmutation," and Cronenberg's "most brilliantly subversive film." But what I saw looked like a Lifetime movie in slow motion, the audience impatiently perched a half-hour... More >>>