I really like History of Violence, and I agree it's terribly underrated. What's more interesting than the revenge part, the "is he or isn't he", and even the great performances from all around, is the relationships around the main character and how they change as his past slowly becomes revealed. It's kind of encapsulated in the two sex scenes. The first one is quite sweet, almost vanilla. Two loving people in a healthy, long term relationship. The second one is rough and violent, just on this side of rape, undisguised betrayal and anger, but a certain excitement as the wife finds that her husband is more bad boy than just a nice family guy. It illustrates the dramatic changes that the two characters have gone through with regards to each other. Maria Bello's character may have wanted a less boring life, but she got more than she bargained for as everything ramps up when the past catches up to Viggo Mortensen's character. Maria Bello is pretty wasted at the moment, pulling in a regular paycheck on NCIS.