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The Promise (2017)

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Critic Consensus: The Promise wastes an outstanding cast and powerful real-life story on a love triangle that frustratingly fails to engage.

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Empires fall, love survives. When Michael (Oscar Isaac), a brilliant medical student, meets Ana (Charlotte Le Bon), their shared Armenian heritage sparks an attraction that explodes into a romantic rivalry between Michael and Ana's boyfriend Chris (Christian Bale), a famous American photojournalist dedicated to exposing political truth. As the Ottoman Empire crumbles into war-torn chaos, their conflicting passions must be deferred while they join forces to get their people to safety and survive themselves. The Promise is directed by Academy Award winning filmmaker Terry George.

Cast

Oscar Isaac
as Michael Boghosian
Christian Bale
as Chris Myers
Daniel Giménez Cacho
as Father Andreasian
Abel Folk
as Harut
Andrew Tarbet
as Pastor Merril
Armin Amiri
as Captain Ali
Marwan Kenzari
as Emre Ogan
Igal Naor
as Mesrob
Garen Boyajian
as Eric Boghosian
Kevork Malikyan
as Vartan Boghosian
Numan Acar
as Mustafa
Jean Reno
as Admiral Fournet
James Cromwell
as Ambassador Morganthau
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All Critics (86) | Top Critics (28)

A sprawling, '60s-style epic with just enough political intrigue to prop up the occasionally wobbly romantic triangle formed by Oscar Isaac, Charlotte Le Bon, and an uncharacteristically ill-fitting Christian Bale.

April 21, 2017 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
San Diego Reader
Top Critic

You have to swallow some inadequacies to get the most out of The Promise. It is appealingly photographed and boasts some stunning location work, yet it's also saddled with the tone of a biblical epic, invisibly watermarked with the label important.

April 21, 2017 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
Time Out
Top Critic

The Promise is drenched in production value and replete with ravishing shots of sunrises and sunsets, but it's in the scenes of fleeing, of battle, and of horrendous loss that the film is at its most effective.

April 21, 2017 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
RogerEbert.com
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Despite its flaws, it's important that it was made.

April 21, 2017 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
Newark Star-Ledger
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Director Terry George delivers a scalding dramatization of the Ottoman Empire's 1915 genocidal annihilation of its Armenian citizens, and then dulls it with a soapy, invented love triangle.

April 21, 2017 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
Rolling Stone
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Noble intentions can't disguise their epic failure: The love story fails to ignite.

April 21, 2017 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
Globe and Mail
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