Overall Rank: 590
Average Rating: 3/4
# of Ratings: 316
Theatrical Release Date: 09/14/2007
Blu-ray/DVD Release Date: 12/23/2007
Genre: Drama, Mystery
MPAA Rating: R
Director: David Cronenberg
Actors: Viggo Mortensen, Vincent Cassel, Naomi Watts, Armin Mueller-Stahl, Donald Sumpter, Raza Jaffrey
Plot: In London, a 14 year old girl dies giving birth to a child. A midwife finds her diary and tries to uncover the mystery behind her death and where her family is located.
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Logan D. McCoy - wrote on 06/19/2019
A new kind of mafia film, "Eastern Promises" struck me as a Russian version of "The Godfather" with a fittingly grim nature.
FSUNoles27TS - wrote on 06/06/2013
A very interesting movie. Never really picks up into anything, just kind of goes alone and tells a magnificent story.
mitchellyoung - wrote on 08/17/2012
Viggo Mortensen gives a bold and raw performance in Cronenberg's second film in his recent foray into linear crime films. The film deals with themes of violence, brutality, and redemption in a clearer manner than in History of Violence and succeeds in crafting an exciting thriller that also deals with deeper content.
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Yojimbo - wrote on 04/09/2012
When a young girl dies during childbirth in a London hospital, the midwife tries to find out who she was by having her diary translated leading her to become embroiled in the affairs of the Russian mob. David Cronenberg's follow up to A History Of Violence shares a lot of common themes with it; it stars Viggo Mortensen (once again on top form), contains some brutally realistic violence and a grim and completely unsexy sex scene. The other performances are also strong, including Armin Mueller-Stahl as the Russian "Godfather" whose initial seemingly warm and familial attitude contains suitably sinister undercurrents, Vincent Cassel as his son and heir who deals with his latent homosexuality in this homophobic world with alcohol induced debauchery and Naomi Watts once again proves she is …
Franz Patrick - wrote on 02/05/2008
This is a film where characters contain many layers and it's fascinating to watch the story unfold. David Croenberg effectively fuses thriller and drama because the script is so tight and very down-to-earth. I'm glad to have seen a glimpse of the Russian mafia because I haven't seen a lot of movies about them. Although Naomi Watts is a misty-eyed woman once again like in some of her other films, Viggo Mortensen shines as a silent driver of a Russian mob boss' son. Another thing I liked about this movie is that the things that are unsaid are more powerful than things that are stated. There are various implications that the audiences should just know or understand, which I think is a touch of a masterful director because it helps the audience interact with the story. This is definitely one …
Delorted - wrote on 12/14/2007
Anna (Naomi Watts) was not expecting what the future held when she delivered the baby of a dying girl. She quickly got caught up in the life of a man named Nikolai (Viggo Mortensen) in “Eastern Promises.”
And once again I’m given a film I’m not sure how to explain. Mortensen’s acting alone is worth watching the film, but it’s really not that interesting as a whole. The story is fine, and all of the acting is really good, but overall, there’s just nothing really groundbreaking about this movie. The reason I point this out is because I don’t understand the high acclaim it is receiving, such as its Golden Globe nomination recently.
I’m not going to pretend this review is going anywhere. There’s nothing exciting about this film except for the violence, which goes a …
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