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½ March 11, 2017
A new kind of mafia film, "Eastern Promises" struck me as a Russian version of "The Godfather" with a fittingly grim nature.
February 18, 2017
Fucking exciting, but also incredible brutal...
January 23, 2017
Eastern Promises features director David Cronenberg's trademark raw violence allied with Viggo Mortensen's strong lead performance and the result is a gritty and haunting crime drama.
January 18, 2017
I didn't really enjoy this movie or the story, but, thought it was ok overall
January 11, 2017
The plot lacks substance and surprises only towards the end.
Stunning, though, is Cronenberg's ability to make you perceive the creepiness of Mafia's amoral familism
December 8, 2016
David Cronenberg weaves this tale of the Russian mob and a nurse who becomes slightly entwined with them when she attempts to discover the identity and family of a young 14 year old girl who died giving birth, in order to find a proper home for the child. This leads us to the story of the Driver of this mob, Nicolai Luzhin, and his attempt to rise in the ranks there. It is a great story well weaved, and features one of the best action fight scenes I have ever seen (with Viggo Mortensen entirely nude in a bath house for the entirety of it). It is a fine picture, with a great cast and a good story.
November 29, 2016
Good story not quite as good as History.
½ November 21, 2016
"Okay now I'm gonna cut off his fingers and remove his teeth. You might want to leave the room."
½ November 9, 2016
Simple story, tragic Russian accents and a terrible over-acted performance from Vincent Cassel. The much hyped Sauna-scene was very cool, but couldnt save this one....I expected a lot more from this flick!
October 15, 2016
Well done and intense but it all adds up to a big "so what".
October 10, 2016
While having some credibility issues and some ostentatious aspects, Eastern Promises stays above water by taking the best from an incredible Viggo Mortensen and surprises with its thoughtfulness and emotional depth.
October 4, 2016
Eastern Promises is a refreshingly calm, well shot, unconventional gangster thriller with (for Cronenberg standards) little, but explicit, raw violence (with one scene in particular involving a naked Viggo Mortensen being one of the best and most visceral fight scenes put to film), a quietly effective score and great performances, especially by Mortensen. Its intriguing discussion of classic Cronenbergian themes- body, identity and community- within a character-driven story is only hindered by the comparatively uninteresting story-part surrounding Anna and a few other writing flaws, especially in its final 30 seconds.
½ September 24, 2016
Great crime drama that deals with some serious issues and some really great performances and a wonderful script. Cronenberg is 100% one of the best directors around
½ September 22, 2016
A very new-age Godfather-ish vibe to it. Viggo Mortensen pulls off the role with plenty of grace and manages to pull you into the story instantly. The levels of brutality make this unsuitable for the faint-hearted, but a good movie nonetheless if you're capable of powering through the gore scenes.
½ August 27, 2016
Viggo Mortensen truly shines in this crime drama that is both gritty and compelling, and very well-directed.
½ August 22, 2016
More a showcase for Viggo Mortensen's amazing performance than anything else, Eastern Promises is an overall mediocre gangster story. Packed with one-dimensional characters and perhaps too dialogue-rich for the genre, Eastern Promises relies on Viggo Mortensten to stay entertaining.
August 17, 2016
Excellent movie, great story and great execution, believable heroes and villains in that they are not invincible.
August 16, 2016
One of Viggo Mortenson's finest and most convincing performances
August 14, 2016
Viggo Mortensen is stern and calculated, reflecting the calm of a man who knows he's in charge of the situation, while not overdoing it. Naomi Watts is also great for her part, while the other castmates are OK but do not excel. A good movie that kept me engaged but not something i'd want to revisit, a solid 8/10.
July 24, 2016
A bit convoluted but enjoyable
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