Eastern Promises
Review written on: September 16th, 2007

Eastern Promises Review

Set in London, this film discusses the structure and influence of Russian organized crime in the city.

When a teenaged pregnant girl collapses in a convenience store, she is rushed to the hospital. The baby is delivered by midwife Anna Khitrova (Naomi Watts), but her mother doesn’t survive. However, Tatiana leaves behind a diary containing a business card for a Russian restaurant in the area. Anna can?t read Russian, so in doing her best to track down the relatives of both the mother and child, Anna journeys on over there. Little do we know that the restaurant is owned and operated by a very powerful family that dabbles in illegal operations, led by Simyon (Armin Mueller-Stahl) and his second-in-command: an irresponsible, yet headstrong son Kirill (Vincent Cassel).

Then there’s Nikolai (Viggo Mortensen), who is technically the chauffeur for the crime family. As you would think, he knows more than he lets on, and he takes care of quite a number of things Kirill can’t handle alone. Meanwhile, Anna is rushing to get the diary translated so that some light could be shed about Tatiana?s short life and how she came to be involved with the family in question, . She doesn’t learn until later that the family has a connection to an even bigger and more powerful criminal faction, and everyone isn?t exactly happy about the turn of events.

You can certainly expect plenty of gory and brutal violence, secrecy, betrayal? All of the things you would think of in a drama of this caliber. Also, you get a quite a bit of full frontal nudity during an especially graphic fight scene. Hopefully, you can handle it.

I positively enjoyed this film. It had a very imaginative storyline and a great flow. The performances of all of the actors were superb and unbelievably powerful. It?s the type of movie that all of us strive to experience: one where your mind is completely gripped from the moment it begins, to the closing credits.


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