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      Eastern Promises

      R Released Sep 14, 2007 1h 40m Crime Drama Mystery & Thriller List Peter Berg's Five Favorite Action Sequences Peter Berg's Five Favorite Action Sequences 4:50 View more videos
      89% Tomatometer 202 Reviews 83% Audience Score 100,000+ Ratings Nikolai (Viggo Mortensen), who is both ruthless and mysterious, has ties to one of the most dangerous crime families in London. He crosses paths with Anna (Naomi Watts), a midwife who has come across potentially damaging evidence against the family, which forces him to set in motion a plan of deceit, death and retribution. Read More Read Less Watch on Fandango at Home Buy Now

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      David Cronenberg triumphs again, showcasing the Viggo Mortensen's onscreen prowess in a daring performance. Bearing the trademarks of psychological drama and gritty violence, Eastern Promises is a very compelling crime story.

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      Derek Smith Slant Magazine The extras are all but perfunctory, but Kinos exquisite 4K transfer is easily the best that Eastern Promises has looked on home video to date. Apr 25, 2022 Full Review Deborah Ross The Spectator Such are the actual subtleties of Mortensen's performance - the odd sardonic smile; the slight tightening of a look - you're aware, from the off, that what he is on the outside might not have anything to do with what he is on the inside. Aug 23, 2018 Full Review Alonso Duralde MSNBC Eastern Promises has a lot going for it, which makes it all the more disappointing when the story takes a fatal turn towards the end. Rated: 3/5 May 1, 2008 Full Review Stephen Silver Tilt Magazine Represented one of Cronenberg’s stronger periods, one with more mainstream success than the director has typically enjoyed. (15th anniversary) Rated: 4/5 Sep 19, 2022 Full Review Fico Cangiano CineXpress Podcast Viggo Mortensen gives a fascinating performance in this dark and violent journey full of secrets, fidelity and family. [Full review in Spanish] Rated: 4/5 May 18, 2022 Full Review Brian Eggert Deep Focus Review Beyond the film's eroticized violence and secretive world among the brutal Russian gangsters, Cronenberg also tells an immigrant story about people who want a better life only to find their desire exploited. Rated: 4/4 Apr 4, 2022 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Shioka O This is descent and actually really good until the very end. Because it sounded to me unfinished. I'd naturally expect the final battle with the boss etc.. Viggo Mortensen, Naomi Watts and all delivered solid performance. The Cronenberg visual taste here and there, but overall, it's an exciting crime thriller. Jerzy Skolimowski played uncle role. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 06/15/24 Full Review John J A perfectly cast film with great performances all around. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 06/12/24 Full Review D H This easily gets a solid 4/5 from me. Is it a great movie? No, but very good, with an excellent turn by Viggo Mortensen and decent performances all-around. Definitely worth the watch. There's at least one early plot point that doesn't seem to add up, but it doesn't wholly detract from the entirety of the story. Because of the twist, it would have been great to include some backstory because, without it, you honestly wonder about the nature of the protagonist to have resigned himself to such a life. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 04/19/24 Full Review Ian W Never heard of this film. Must have slipped under the radar, I wonder why. Agree with Critics and Audience on this one. Underpinned by a great performance from Viggo Mortensen this is a brutal, graphic window into the murky world of the Russian underworld in London. It doesn't paint Russians (well apart from Viggo - and we only get to know that towards the end) in a good light. How prescient. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 03/08/24 Full Review Igor S Great movie with solid performances and a good story. It's not your typical mob movie but there is decent intrigue and Viggo Mortensen's performance alone makes it worth watching. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 02/20/24 Full Review Andrew Arthur M Beautifully atmospheric and sharply filmed with much graphic violence that really is unnecessary in my opinion. Unnecessary as in we don't need to see this killing in the flesh so to speak but a clever film maker would only need to suggest such deeds are being done. Now the UK Russian mafia storyline is interesting especially these days when there are plenty of multi millionaire Russian oligarchs and hoods operating in London. But for me the weak link and fundamental problem with this film is the poor quality acting and totally miscast character of Anna the maternity nurse. She is unconvincing and just seems to be phoning in a performance on a different film. So for some unexplained reason the baby ends up with Anna despite her not being the actual mother. The end of the film concludes with the two leads gazing into each others eyes by the River Thames eyes, with Anna clutching a swaddled bundle that is supposed to be the infant. What could of been a cracking Godfather type study of the Russian mafia families in London is ultimately wasted by Cronenburg conclusion is at odds with the Rated 1.5 out of 5 stars 02/18/24 Full Review Read all reviews
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      Synopsis Nikolai (Viggo Mortensen), who is both ruthless and mysterious, has ties to one of the most dangerous crime families in London. He crosses paths with Anna (Naomi Watts), a midwife who has come across potentially damaging evidence against the family, which forces him to set in motion a plan of deceit, death and retribution.
      Director
      David Cronenberg
      Producer
      Paul Webster, Robert Lantos
      Screenwriter
      Steven Knight
      Distributor
      Focus Features
      Production Co
      Serendipity Point Films
      Rating
      R (Nudity|Language|Some Graphic Sexuality|Strong Bloody Violence|Strong Brutal Violence)
      Genre
      Crime, Drama, Mystery & Thriller
      Original Language
      English
      Release Date (Theaters)
      Sep 14, 2007, Limited
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Apr 19, 2016
      Box Office (Gross USA)
      $17.1M
      Runtime
      1h 40m
      Sound Mix
      Dolby SR, DTS, Dolby SRD
      Aspect Ratio
      Flat (1.85:1)
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