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½ February 2, 2016
What a fucking joke...
½ January 18, 2016
an OK film. nothing special. average acting.
December 25, 2015
Viggo Mortensen and Naomi star in Eastern Promises. The film centers around a small area of Russian that features the Russian mob. Watts delivers birth to a child to a prostitute who dies during child birth and becomes interested in the mother's life after uncovering her diary. She comes across a driver (Mortensen) who is trying to move his way up in the mob. The contents of the diary are vital as they uncover aspects of that threaten the mob. Eastern Promises was an interesting movie that features good performances and some pretty good scenes. The film is not action centered and does its pace will likely detract people. Although I thought it was a solid drama, the film does not have enough resolve for me to see it again.
½ December 13, 2015
Eastern Promises is the least Cronenbergey Cronenberg film that ever Croned a Berg; and that's alright.

Enter the seedy world of, uh, London, where the Russian Mob runs the streets. Vincent Cassel plays a bumbling fuck-up mafioso, whose only saving grace is being son to a local Vor (made man, essentially) played by veteran actor Armin Mueller-Stahl. Along for the ride is Cassel's driver, muscle, and all around bad ass, Nikolai, played by Viggo Morgenstein.

Although Nikolai is the main draw of the movie, the film is rich in Russian Mafia traditions, so we're partly lead through the exposition of those ideas by "the average joe" character of Anna, played by Naomi Watts.

Anywho, Naomi Watts works at a hospital when her life gets flipped turned upside down by a 14 year old girl who dies giving birth. Watts is like "oh shit" and finds a diary and a business card on the body, and decides to investigate. She heads to the restaurant/club on the card and meets a guy who ends up being a mob boss who ends up getting pissed off about the whole thing, and sends Aragorn to off Naomi Watts' Ukranian Uncle. Following the success of the hit, and the years of loyalty within the family, Aragorn gets upgraded in status, and you get to see his cool tattoos.

The rest of the film involves Watts trying to get justice, while dealing against villains way outside of her league.

The film is notable for being one of the finest films regarding Russian criminal organizations, avoiding ridiculous stereotypes while also showing the brutality, deception, and ritual culture of the clandestine groups. The film is also known for its realism, with Aragorn's tattoos being considered so accurate that customers would weep into their pickled herring anytime he would go to a nearby Russian diner for lunch. The movie is also noteworthy for discussing the underestimated and extremely significant criminal market that is human trafficking, and the effects it has among countries, groups, and women.

All things concerning the story aside, the film is also extremely proficient technically. The acting is damn fine (especially from Morgenstein), the cinematography is gritty (matching the tone of the film perfectly), the music is haunting, and the pace of the film is so close to perfect that I don't even know how they could have made it better. Aside from that, great films have something regular films don't: memorable scenes. Eastern Promises has a lot of those, almost all of which are carried by Morgenstein, including a scene where he carefully preps a corpse for disposal, and another where he fights some dudes in a bath house with his dick flopping all over the place. Awesome.

TL;DR - 9/10
Cronenberg is solid. Motherfucker made The Fly. Although crime is not a film genre he's deeply involved in, Eastern Promises proves that the dude can do whatever he wants and make it dope. So if you're looking for a realistic crime movie about the Russian mob, with some great acting and a solid storyline, then here it is. Watch the movie. Or buy it, so that way when people come over and see it on your shelf, they'll know you mean fucking business, and they'll be weeping into their pickled herring in no time at all.
½ December 8, 2015
A well timed film about Russian mafia and its uses, with the usual quota of violence from David Cronenberg
December 8, 2015
There were some really good movies coming out from about 2004-2010. Some great acting was being done in some of these films. One of the films in the gangster genre that not too many people seem to be all that familiar with is Eastern Promises. What do most people know Viggo for? Lord of the Rings obviously, he is the king after all. But behind that big budget blockbuster of a trilogy and role for him is one of the great actors of our time. He showcases all his worth in Eastern Promises. Not many movies if any that I know of have been made about the true Russian mafia. Eastern Promises goes deep into the culture of this group. This movie is a great gangster movie and then some. Showcasing the mentality of these criminals and the brutal violence that surrounds them. A fantastic movie.
October 31, 2015
*** bordering on **1/2. Why? Not half as good as A History of Violence. I didnt buy the ending and there was hardly any tension there. Rather gruesome violent death scenes though, if you are into those things
October 26, 2015
While having some credibility issues and some ostentatious aspects, this movie takes the best from an incredible Viggo Mortensen and surprises with its depth.
October 20, 2015
Eastern Promises benefits from a strong Russian atmosphere and a harsh look at modern day mobsters that aren't given as much spotlight as the Italian or Irish. The thought of such violent and bloody criminals living among the common folk is an unreal almost surreal idea which is beautifully and shockingly realized in the film. Along with a string of well-performed and impactful characters, the performance to focus on is above all Viggo Mortenson as Nikolai Luzhin, the slick, viscous and yet compassionate rising Russian mobster. Mortenson transforms completely in the role with a calm cool demeanor, a lot of tattoos and a very convincing Russian accent, bringing more of a heart to the character as well as a presence which will not soon be forgotten.
October 12, 2015
Very brilliant story.
October 3, 2015
Amazing. Great performance sand atmosphere. Darky, gritty, don't miss it.
½ September 27, 2015
The ending of the movie was happy ending and a easy one. Otherwise story was great.
½ September 5, 2015
Viggo Mortensen was just amazing as Nickolai. Great job
August 25, 2015
Pretty good movie!!!!
August 22, 2015
Viggo Mortenson's Russian accent alone, was Oscar worthy. Well executed and all of the performances were stellar.

I have always been a big fan of the "tainted-hero" stories. Where the good guys and bad guys are separated by a very thin line, often times unrecognizable.
August 18, 2015
Eastern Promises makes for a mesmerizing thriller that keeps unraveling layers of surprise. A great story brought to life by David Cronenberg and Viggo Mortensen, who is one of the finest actors around, makes Eastern Promises a gripping crime story.
August 17, 2015
I own this and I haven't even seen it.
½ August 8, 2015
except blood, i can't remember anything.
½ July 29, 2015
Really great movie. I was actually surprised how much i liked it. The ratings dont lie on this one and Viggo couldnt have played a better Russian.
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