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Eastern Promises

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Peter Mountain

Eastern Promises

type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
mpaa:
R
runtime:
100 minutes
Limited Release Date:
09/14/07
Wide Release Date:
09/21/07
performer:
Viggo Mortensen, Naomi Watts, Vincent Cassel
director:
David Cronenberg
distributor:
Focus Features
author:
Steven Knight
genre:
Mystery and Thriller, Drama

We gave it a B+

A lot of blood gets spilled in David Cronenberg’s precisely made, often heartbreaking quasi-thriller, Eastern Promises, set amid London’s sordid sex trade. After a second viewing, the gore seems less Cronenbergian shtick than an appropriate mirroring of the Russian Mob’s brutality. Also, a potentially gimmicky plot twist involving Nikolai (a flawless Viggo Mortensen) recasts the impenetrable character as a rich enigma. EXTRAS Two making-of docs ā€” the better of which details the creation of Mortensen’s tattoos ā€” can’t compensate for the lack of commentary from Cronenberg.