Eastern Promises

2007

Action / Crime / Drama / Mystery / Thriller

264
Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Certified Fresh 89%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Upright 83%
IMDb Rating 7.7 10 208753

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Naomi Watts as Anna
Vincent Cassel as Kirill
Viggo Mortensen as Nikolai
Tatiana Maslany as Tatiana
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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by Kyle Perez 9 / 10

A modern crime masterpiece

With shades of film-noir and clear inspirations from legendary mob films like "The Godfather", "Goodfellas" and "Casino", Eastern Promises unfolds as one of the greatest modern crime films of the 21st Century. The film stars Viggo Mortensen, Naomi Watts, Vincent Cassel, and Armin Mueller-Stahl and is directed by David Cronenberg (The Fly, Videodrome, Dead Ringers).

The story, one of intertwined violence, corruption and mystery, focuses on a Russian mob family who may be tied to the rape and murder of a Russian teenager living in London. Her diary, which contained the secrets leading up to her demise, is found by British-Russian midwife Anna Khitrova and compels her to fill in the missing pieces. Anna's search for these answers is accompanied by the posthumous narration of the victim.

What separates this film from many modern crime films is the mood of the characters and the noirish atmosphere these moods seem to permeate. The musical score, composed by Howard Shore ("LOTR" franchise, dare I say more), is so evocative of the time it is portraying that to call it simply 'fitting' for the film would be an understatement - it becomes a character in itself and plays an integral role in shaping the film's authenticity and style.

It is so refreshing to witness a more recent film where the characters and story develop honestly, not in a contrived manner. It's a testament to the film's storytelling and respect for its audience - where feelings and inner conflicts are at the forefront; and the violence isn't so much exploited as it is a punctuation of the characters. EP pays homage to some of the greatest classic mob films while injecting enough mystery and charm in it to become a unique entry into the genre.

Reviewed by The_Truth_You_Cant_Handle 9 / 10

Eastern Promises Grips You From the First Minute to the Last

David Cronenberg brings this brilliant crime drama full of some quite phenomenal performances all around, namely Viggo Mortensen as a complex Russian mob enforcer again proving Viggo to be one of the most versatile working actors today. Naomi Watts was wonderful as well portraying a concerned nurse unknowingly digging into a waking nightmare until it was too late and Vince Cassel as the distraught criminal trying to hide his humanity.

The tone is overbearingly ominous, the violence is visceral and the tale told is truly tragic, but it draws you in further with every moment. There are some strong similarities to the likes of other dower mafia movies, such as Road to Perdition, but this film delves into one of the most interesting and terrifying criminal organizations still active today with the Russian mob, also known as the Bratva, or Brotherhood.

Cronenberg brings a dangerous criminal syndicate's daily dirty deeds to life in such a way that you can feel the muck flying from the screen. This is by no means a movie for the faint of heart, or stomach strength, but it is a cinematic classic nonetheless. I only hold back a perfect score due to the desire I felt for a more defined conclusion, but the build up to it was much more than good enough for a near perfect 9 out of 10 in my eyes.

Reviewed by blumdeluxe 6 / 10

The Russian Godfather

"Eastern promises" is a story about the Russian mafia. It deals with how the birth of a little girl in a London hospital starts a chain of events, that draws an innocent nurse deeper and deeper into the hidden world of crime that some Russian gangs established right in the heart of the United Kingdom.

The movie shines through a prominent cast, where at least all the bigger roles are played by well-known actors. The plot is interesting enough to keep the audience entertained and delivers some twists that you might not expect. You can see, that there has been quite a budget for this film, even though the rather cheap blood effects would sometimes make you think differently. Unfortunately, I didn't really catch fire. Maybe the characters are just a bit too one-dimensional at times, or maybe they're too close to what we already know from many movies alike, but even though I felt entertained throughout the whole play-time, this isn't a movie I could connect to very much.

All in all it is nevertheless a very well written and directed mafia movie, that will surely find its fans in the genre. If you liked comparable movie, you won't do anything wrong with this one, neither.

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