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Films: Viggo Mortensen

The Two Faces of January

  • 2014
  • US/UK
  • 96 min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Hossein Amini
  • Cast: Viggo Mortensen, Kirsten Dunst, Oscar Isaac
  • UK release: 16 May 2014

An American con artist and his wife strike up a relationship with a stranger in 1960s Athens, then get caught up in the murder of a police officer.

Everybody Has a Plan

  • 2 stars
  • 2012
  • Argentina/Spain/Germany
  • 118 min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Ana Piterbarg
  • Written by: Ana Piterbarg
  • Cast: Viggo Mortensen, Soledad Villamil, Daniel Fanego
  • UK release: 31 May 2013

To escape suffocating middle class life in Buenos Aires, sneaky Agustín (Mortensen) assumes the identity of his dead twin brother, Pedro (also Mortensen), an underworld criminal.

On the Road

  • 3 stars
  • 2012
  • France
  • 137 min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Walter Salles
  • Written by: Jose Rivera (screenplay), Jack Kerouac (novel)
  • Cast: Sam Riley, Garrett Hedlund, Kristen Stewart, Kirsten Dunst, Viggo Mortensen, Amy Adams
  • UK release: 21 September 2012

Adaptation of the central text of the beat movement by Jack Kerouac.

A Dangerous Method

  • 4 stars
  • 2011
  • UK/Germany/Canada/Switzerland
  • 99 min
  • 15
  • Directed by: David Cronenberg
  • Cast: Viggo Mortensen, Michael Fassbender, Keira Knightley, Vincent Cassel
  • UK release: 10 February 2012

Cronenberg’s investigation of psychoanalysis, seen through the relationship between the two main proponents, Freud (Mortensen) and Jung (Fassbender) makes for a fascinating insight into a moment in history when the world of thought, and the way that we think about ourselves, was being fundamentally reshaped.

The Road

  • 3 stars
  • 2009
  • US
  • 111 min
  • 15
  • Directed by: John Hillcoat
  • Cast: Viggo Mortensen, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Robert Duvall, Charlize Theron, Guy Pearce

In this largely faithful adaptation, Hillcoat and cinematographer Javier Aguirresarobe have successfully recreated the barren, grey, burnt out landscape described in Cormac McCarthy's text. Mortensen is admirable as the man journeying with his son (Smit-Mcphee) and it's bleak in a way that Hollywood rarely dares to be.

Appaloosa

  • 4 stars
  • 2008
  • US
  • 115 min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Ed Harris
  • Written by: Ed Harris, Robert Knott
  • Cast: Viggo Mortensen, Ed Harris, Renée Zellweger, Jeremy Irons, Lance Henriksen

Based on Robert B Parker's Western novel, 'Appaloosa' charts two young men's attempt to police a small town lorded-over by a rancher. The arrival of a beautiful widow complicates matters further. Traditional but powerful western which relies on narrative psychology and fine performance work rather than special effects.

Good

  • 3 stars
  • 2008
  • UK/Germany
  • 96 min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Vicente Amorim
  • Written by: CP Taylor, John Wrathall
  • Cast: Viggo Mortensen, Jason Isaacs, Jodie Whittaker

Germany in the 1930s, the Nazi Party's ascension is well underway. Kindly professor John Halder's (Mortensen) literary efforts have drawn acclaim from the most unexpected quarters, and when he is unexpectedly invited to help the government's propaganda effort on the strength of his highbrow scribblings, a process of moral…

Eastern Promises

  • 4 stars
  • 2007
  • UK/Canada
  • 110 min
  • 18
  • Directed by: David Cronenberg
  • Written by: Steven Knight
  • Cast: Viggo Mortensen, Naomi Watts, Vincent Cassel, Armin Mueller-Stahl, Sinéad Cusack

Cronenberg's companion piece to 'A History of Violence' is a perversely entertaining crime thriller centred around midwife (Watts) who is drawn into the dark criminal underworld after she saves the newborn child of a Russian woman who dies on the operating table, leaving sparse clues as to her identity. A fascinating…

A History of Violence

  • 2005
  • US
  • 95 min
  • 18
  • Directed by: David Cronenberg
  • Cast: Viggo Mortensen, Maria Bello, Ed Harris, William Hurt

Tom Stall (Mortensen) owns a café and has an idyllic life with his lawyer wife (Bello) and their two children in the small town of MillBrook. That life changes the day Tom kills two criminals who are causing trouble in his restaurant. A masterpiece of sorts.

The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King

  • 5 stars
  • 2003
  • US/NZ
  • 210 min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Peter Jackson
  • Cast: Elijah Wood, Billy Boyd, Ian McKellen, Cate Blanchett, Orlando Bloom, Viggo Mortensen, Christopher Lee

A remarkable end to a remarkable series of films, the journey of Frodo, Sam and Gollum is the pièce de résistance of the trilogy. The tension-filled journey forces both Gollum and Sam to show their true colours as Frodo suffers under the burden of the ring. All around is war as Aragorn fights to reclaim what is rightfully…

The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers

  • 3 stars
  • 2002
  • US/New Zealand
  • 179 min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Peter Jackson
  • Cast: Elijah Wood, Ian McKellen, Sean Astin, Viggo Mortensen, Andy Serkis, Liv Tyler, Cate Blanchett, John Rhys-Davies, Orlando Bloom, Bernard Hill, Christopher Lee, Billy Boyd, Dominic Monaghan, Hugo Weaving, Miranda Otto, Karl Urban, David Wenham, Brad Dourif

The second part of Jackson's ambitious three-part adaptation of JRR Tolkien's epic fantasy adventure might lack the storytelling verve of the first film, but in terms of spectacle it takes blockbuster filmmaking to the next level. Continuing where 'The Fellowship of the Ring' left off, without any recap of the story so…

The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

  • 4 stars
  • 2001
  • New Zealand/US
  • 178 min
  • PG
  • Directed by: Peter Jackson
  • Cast: Elijah Wood, Ian McKellen, Viggo Mortensen, Sean Astin, Orlando Bloom, Liv Tyler, John Rhys-Davies, Sean Bean, Billy Boyd, Dominic Monaghan, Cate Blanchett, Christopher Lee, Hugo Weaving, Ian Holm

At long last, a sword and sorcery adventure that really delivers the goods. JRR Tolkien's great achievement was to create an English mythology, located in a fantastical yet believable world. Jackson's great achievement is to bring the author's 1000 page tome to life, not merely realising the fantastic elements with…