Eastern Promises

Eastern Promises

DVD - 2007
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Anna, a midwife at a North London hospital, finds the diary of a Russian teenager who dies giving birth to a baby, and resolves to find the young girls' relatives in the hopes of providing the orphaned child with a loving family. As Anna follows the clues the diary provides, she finds evidence of a local Russian mob's criminal activities, and meets Nikolai, a formidable mob enforcer. Anna and Nikolai find themselves growing close as the Russian mobsters behind the girl's death become aware of Anna's discoveries regarding their crimes.
Publisher: [New York, N.Y.] : Focus Features ; Universal City, Calif. : Distributed by Universal Studios Home Entertainment, [2007]
Edition: DVD
Copyright Date: ©2007
Branch Call Number: ACTION 791.43652 EASTERN
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (101 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.

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manoletters
Apr 19, 2021

There is something wrong or missing in this film that I couldn't put my finger on while watching this not-so-good picture. It started off promising and then immediately lost its edge. With the directing and acting talent this should have been so much better. Maybe it was the script itself? Since I will never watch this again...I couldn't care less. Greatly disappointed.

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Byond
Apr 10, 2021

I find myself resistant to this. It is admirably crafted, including the music, but I did not find anything worth getting behind. I'm vastly outnumbered by admirers, but wiki offered one naysayer:
'Bruce Westbrook of the Houston Chronicle gave the film one star out of four and said it had a "contrived plot" and wrote "what it's really about, more than sensitivity for displaced people or social analyses, is violence — hideous, gruesome, over-the-top violence." Westbrook said "For Cronenberg, such cheap sensationalism is business as usual, and this far into his career, that business has slipped into artistic bankruptcy." Westbrook wrote the film "isn't about Russian gangs so much as Cronenberg's own dark passions not just for violence but excruciating carnage, which he brandishes mercilessly" and that the film was "a stifling descent into grim shock and disturbing awe."

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laphampeak
Feb 16, 2021

Viggo Mortensen expertly plays a driver for the Russian mob and Naomi Watts plays a nurse, Anna, who becomes involved when a young mother dies giving birth to a baby whose identity is tied to crime in the family. Actors are well cast and the storyline filled with suspense and drama.

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maipenrai
Jan 08, 2021

Viggo Mortensen is excellent in this film. I always find it a pleasure when a film has an unexpected twist to the story line. Warning about violence, but I recommend the film. Kristi & Abby Tabby

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EucaryaM
Oct 09, 2020

Very talented Viggo shines again! Amazing performance, original screen play and nice execution....It has one of the most brutal and raw fighting scenes ever.

noisyflowers Feb 01, 2016

Brutal but tremendously compelling.

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yumsushi
Mar 03, 2015

Probably Viggo Mortensen's best performance. The movie does have a very significant loose thread, but otherwise an engaging movie

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AQUILEA777
Feb 04, 2015

Heartwarming tale of mindless gangsters butchering one another, and the redemptive ministrations of the insipid Naomi Watts.

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Nursebob
Jan 22, 2015

A dark and dismal glimpse into the inner world of the Russian mafia seen through the eyes of one of its soldiers is juxtaposed with the story of a young nurse trying to find the family of a newborn foundling. Generally good performances all around further enhanced by a subtle soundtrack, tight editing, and a dark palette of colours ranging from blood reds to shadowy blues. But while I did appreciate the fact that Cronenberg used the story of the baby as a counterpoint to that of the Russian protagonist....her final scene is awash with sunlight while he retreats further into darkness....the two tales did not fit together well. The film was further weakened by an implausible Hollywood-style ending. Despite these drawbacks I still found much to be admired here.

Froster Nov 29, 2014

Yet another disappointment from one of the most overrated filmmakers in modern memory, David Cronenberg. A critic's darling, despite his lovingly filmed, gelatinous gore, and his inability to distinguish drama from melodrama. This one, at least, has Viggo's privates to liven things up, but those are not the only things that are left dangling here. Over-hyped goulash.

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phyllis49
Mar 18, 2012

Russian-born Nikolai Luzhin is a driver for one of London's most notorious organized crime families of Eastern European origin. The family itself is part of the Vory V Zakone criminal brotherhood. Semyon heads the syndicate and is the proprietor of a plush Trans-Siberian restaurant. But his friendliness... Naomi Watts, Viggo Mortensen, Vincent Cassel, Armin Mueller-Stahl.

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Monolith
May 29, 2012

Nikolai Luzhin (of Anna's uncle): "He's old school. He understands situation... exile or death."

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