Wednesday, January 9, 2008

Movie Review: Eastern Promises


Featuring: Viggo Mortensen, Vincent Cassel, Armin Mueller-Stahl, Naomi Watts

Genre: drama, crime

Plot: midwife gets involved with Russian mafia while trying to find the family of a newborn orphan

Acting: believable though the accents were a little odd

Drama: it’s mafia, can’t get more dramatic than that

Action: a two against one deadly fight in the sauna

Funny: some of the dialog is

Visuals: lots of tattoos on Viggo Mortensen’s body

Soundtrack: includes a version of Ochichornya… how cliché is that?

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Comments: A lot of violence, I got that impression ever from the beginning. No gun shots but more than enough throat slashing and other gruesome sights. But it’s Russian mafia so you think what the hell it all goes. The story is simple, wouldn’t say exactly predictable but then again maybe yes if you are into this type of movies. Viggo Mortensen’s character is the one that intrigues the most and we get to see in what fine shape he is in the sauna scene. Too much ink and ketch up though. Rough violence is the name of the game. But there’s more to him than we’re initially told and he’s heading for an uncertain future we can only guess.

Rating: 7/10

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