The End of Violence


Action / Drama / Thriller

Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Rotten 29%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Spilled 44%
IMDb Rating 5.6 10 4397


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Bill Pullman as Mike Max
Mili Avital as Featured Performer
873.11 MB
23.976 fps
2hr 2 min
P/S 1 / 4

Movie Reviews

Reviewed by tomsview 6 / 10

Scenes in search of a story

Wim Wender's film meanders through a number of loosely connected sequences with the actors seemingly deprived of sleep for days before the shoot in order to deliver performances that are the epitome of low key.

Different strands of the story are slowly introduced: Mike Max (Bill Pullman), a Hollywood producer who makes gory action thrillers; Cat (Traci Lind), a stunt woman on his films; his wife Paige (Andy McDowell) who is about to leave him.

A seemingly disparate strand involves surveillance expert Ray Bering (Gabriel Byrne) who uses cameras located around Los Angeles to spy on just about everything. Then there is Detective Block (Loren Dean) who is called in when Max disappears.

It all goes into the blender, but as each character is introduced, it opens up sequences that constantly pull away from the main thread of the story, which has Max inadvertently receiving a secret document. Among the distractions are scenes involving Bering's father (Sam Fuller), an acting school, and the making of one of Max's films featuring a recreation of the café in Edward Hopper's painting "Nighthawks". The soundtrack by Ry Cooder and others has a detached quality bearing little relationship to the action on screen.

Maybe it looked better on paper, but old Wim is such a lover of the obscure that he often cuts away when anything exciting begins to happen. It's hard to pinpoint where you realise the film isn't working; it just slowly slides into inertia. Without giving them away, the surprises at the end seem like a frantic attempt to breathe life into a body that we have already pronounced dead.

The film feels a little like "Mulholland Dr.", but of course it was made a few years before Lynch's film. Along with the obscurification, it's probably the setting, the unusual hit men, the association with filmmaking and the acting auditions that does it.

If the point of the story was how in the attempt to end violence, surveillance methods and powerful government bodies end up creating more, then it's a ponderous message.

The film was in that run of movies that featured interweaving stories that collide at the end; "Magnolia" and "Crash", as well as Altman's brilliant "Short Cuts". However it's a complex format that doesn't really attract me to watching them again. That goes double for "The End of Violence".

Reviewed by NateWatchesCoolMovies 8 / 10

Strange look Hollywood

Wim Wender's The End Of Violence is a relentlessly strange, near inaccessible film about the inner workings of Hollywood, the secret methods the government uses to prevent violent crimes, and several key characters caught up in a series of bizarre events in the L.A. area. Nothing about the film is forthcoming or obvious, you've got to sit there for the two hours, observe what's unfolding in front of you patiently, and only later after some thought, try and determined what it all means, if anything. It's such a free flowing, non specific narrative that you really have no choice but to use the images, impressions and episodic scenarios to make sense of it, as opposed to the story as a cohesive whole, which it's not. Bill Pullman plays Mike Max, a high ranking movie executive, who after experiencing extreme stress stemming from both his difficult wife (a sexy Andie McDowell) and a huge deal he's supposed to close, finds himself making rash decisions, and suddenly on the run from the law. He finds solace with the large, hospitable family of his troupe Mexican gardeners, led by Henry Silva. Parallel to this, we see Ray Bering (Gabriel Byrne), a mysterious government operative, perched high above the Hollywood hills in a secret observatory, tasked with trying out a brand new, clandestine security system which spies on the citizens below. He finds himself distracted when he falls in love with a Mexican girl that his bosses send to help him with paperwork, leading to perhaps hers and his jeopardy, at what his higher ups may see as a breach of security. Rounding out the roster are Pruitt Taylor Vince, Nicole Ari Parker, Rosalind Chao, Michael Massee and Udo Kier. Byrne brings his usual stressed out, bleary sadness to the role, and indeed it's a tragic turn of events which he handles beautifully, going from cold, cranky tech room dweller to warmhearted lover who can make the ultimate sacrifice. Pullman is wonderfully listless, seeming to have almost walked out of a David Lynch film, bringing his sinister yet everyman affability to new heights. It's a film that a lot of people dislike, because in the traditional ways, it really isn't about much of anything that you can pin down, and in the end doesn't answer any questions or come to a cathartic, engraved resolution. But it's this up in the air quality that I really liked, a linear yet airy, fluid chain of events that don't even seem to be really based on a script, they just sort of...happen. Mood and feeling are what this ones about, not logic, theme or structure. Fine by me.

Reviewed by david-sarkies 9 / 10

An Unexpected Movie with an Unexpected Ending

This is not a mainstream movie, but that does not mean that it is bad. The End of Violence is a very good movie which has quite a lot within its frame work. It is somewhat slow and when watching it for the first time it seems that there are scenes in the movie that could have been left out, they did not seem to add to the overall plot of the movie, and that tends to put me off. These scenes though, namely the poetry reading scenes, do indeed add to the plot in a very subtle way and are very important in the development of the characters, two of whom are minor characters in the movie. Even then, the poetry that is read out depicts the major theme of the movie, and that is the enemy that is within, not the enemy without, and the realisation of the characters that the enemy is not out there, but in amongst us.

When watching the movie we must constantly remember the title because that helps us understand what the movie is about. It works in two levels though, in a social level and in a psychological level. The social level of the movie is about a new security system which can monitor all the city of Los Angeles. A man can sit in one room and see almost anywhere in Los Angeles. He watches crimes happen and he watches criminals get caught. The problem with this is that congress does not know about the system and if they found out about it then big problems would happen. They must keep it secret at all costs: it will end violence but at the cost of people's privacy. This seems to reflect Orwell's Nineteen Eighty Four where big brother knows everything.

The psychological aspect of the movie deals with a film producer name Micheal Max. Everybody knows and loves this guy, but he is not loved by all as he is abducted by a couple of hit men and was about to be executed. Micheal Max has an obsession with violence, he says that when he was a kid he was scared of the movies and then he became a film producer. This suggests that he desires to master violence by controlling it in the forms of movies. Though he tries to master violence, he cannot master his life. His relationship with his wife is falling apart as he just does not spend anytime with her. She begins by just wanting to leave and ends by taking everything.

The plot of the movie comes out when he receives an email from somebody containing confidential FBI information. Then he is abducted and one assumes that it is because of the FBI document. This is someway true, but the killers are nothing more than idiots. The film does not reveal who attempted to kill him, or why, but this document remains somewhat important, though we are never told what it is. This movie never really wants us to be sure. It lets us make up our minds about things but does not tell us if we are wrong or not. What we are really doing is watching Micheal Max come to understand and conquer his fear of violence.

There are three main male characters, Doc, a forensic scientist who is investigating Mike Max's disappearance, Mike Max, and Ray, the operator of the surveillance system. The characters have little contact in the movie but are connected. There are three women that are directly connected with each of these characters, and two of these women interact with one of the other males characters. Max's wife, the first one, speaks with Doc, but her role is that she drifts further away from Max. The actress is loved by Mike as a friend, but her role is that she builds a relationship with Doc. Then there is Sue, the Mexican cleaner, who works under Ray. They fall in love, but at the end of the movie she exits with Mike Max, after both have given up violence. The casting of the three male characters was done in a way that they all were similar in appearance. These characters were linked in this way and also in a way that they were trying to bring an end to violence. Mike Max has been discussed, Ray is trying to bring an end through the surveillance system, while Doc is a police officer trying to uncover the truth. It is interesting that the police are not interested in the truth, they have their theory and are not at all interested in the truth.

There is a lot more in this movie, but to bring it up would mean watching it again and studying it closer. This movie is very good for those who like movies which make you think. The ending isn't conclusive and you don't realise it is there until you get there. It comes as a bit of a shock because there seems to be a lot of things unresolved, but when you look back over the movie you realise that they have been resolved, but not in the way you expect it to be. The movie tells you numerous times that it is not a typical Hollywood ending, such as Mike Max's comment, "I hate those conspiracy movies where the beautiful woman gets killed." This is not a typical Hollywood movie and thus does not have a satisfying ending for those who want one.

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