Small-town restaurant owner Tom Stall (Viggo Mortensen) becomes a local hero when he shoots and kills two hoodlums. But soon after Carl Fogaty (Ed Harris) arrives in town convinced that Tom is a violent gangster with debts to pay back in Philly. Meanwhile the violence begins to engulf the family.
Cronenberg’s best for a long time, broad and entertaining enough for those unacquainted with the director’s work, but layered with the themes of infection and mutation that have defined his work.
Reviewed by Adam Smith
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