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The Promise wastes an outstanding cast and powerful real-life story on a love triangle that frustratingly fails to engage. Read critic reviews

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Brilliant medical student Michael (Oscar Isaac) meets beautiful dance instructor Ana (Charlotte Le Bon) in late 1914. Their shared Armenian heritage sparks an attraction that explodes into a romantic rivalry between Michael and Ana's boyfriend (Christian Bale), an American photojournalist who's dedicated to exposing the truth. As the Ottoman Empire crumbles into war-torn chaos, their conflicting passions must be deferred as they join forces to get themselves and their people to safety.

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Oscar Isaac
Michael Boghosian
Charlotte Le Bon
Ana Khesarian
Shohreh Aghdashloo
Marta Boghosian
Terry George
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Robin Swicord
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Kirk Kerkorian
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Ralph Winter
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Denise O'Dell
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Mark Albela
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  • Director Terry George brings to this story a special gift, honed in his Hotel Rwanda (2004), for choreographing the chaos of civil collapse, and the three stars serve him well.

    April 17, 2020 | Full Review…
  • The first major representation of the Armenian genocide boasts solid acting but falls short of the mark by a hokey, old-fashioned romance.

    November 20, 2017 | Full Review…
  • Terry George ... proved with Hotel Rwanda that he can tackle the wrenching subject of genocide with thrilling cinematic results. A wonderful cast adds no-fail polish.

    September 5, 2017 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • As one might expect, the horrors and the normalisation of same are deftly handled, even when the dialogue is overloaded with historical and political details.

    June 14, 2017 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • It's a handsome film and George manages to keep the genocide in focus with shots of the Turks herding long lines of refugees across the desert expanses. But the full horror is kept at one remove.

    June 14, 2017 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • With its sugary soft-focus, treacle-toned cinematography, over-masticated fake Turkish accents and cloying love triangle device, this is film that delivers more empty calories than historical sustenance.

    April 30, 2017 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

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  • Sep 06, 2017
    "The Promise" tells an important story. The acting and costumes are reasonably good, but it seems as if it might have been a bit watered-down -- almost like a Hallmark presentation of the Armenian genocide. It's good, but it could have been a lot better.
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