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Eastern Promises (2007)

Eastern Promises

Overview


Genre

Drama, Thriller

Release Date

September 21, 2007 (Wide)

MPAA Rating

R

Duration

100 min.

Production Budget

$25 millions

Studio

Focus Features

Official Site

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REVIEWS RATE:  Critics  Go! Watch this movie. You'll regret if not seeing it.    Readers  2 of 5 [Rate It]

Cast and Crew


Director

David Cronenberg

Producer

Paul Webster, Robert Lantos

Screenwriter

Steven Knight

Starring

Story


The mysterious and charismatic Russian-born Nikolai Luzhin (Mortensen) 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. Headed by Semyon (Academy Award nominee Armin Mueller-Stahl), whose courtly charm as the welcoming proprietor of the plush Trans-Siberian restaurant impeccably masks a cold and brutal core, the family's fortunes are tested by Semyon's volatile son and enforcer, Kirill (Vincent Cassel), who is more tightly bound to Nikolai than to his own father.

But Nikolai's carefully maintained existence is jarred once he crosses paths at Christmastime with Anna Khitrova (Academy Award nominee Naomi Watts), a midwife at a North London hospital. Anna is deeply affected by the desperate situation of a young teenager who dies while giving birth to a baby. Anna resolves to try to trace the baby's lineage and relatives. The girl's personal diary also survives her; it is written in Russian, and Anna seeks answers in it.

Anna's mother Helen (Sinead Cusack) does not discourage her, but Anna's irascible Russian-born uncle Stepan (Jerzy Skolimowski) urges caution. He is right to do so; by delving into the diary, Anna has accidentally unleashed the full fury of the Vory.

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REVIEWS BY CRITICS

“..ends on such a bewilderingly abrupt and unsatisfying note, you wonder if there's a missing reel..”
by Tim Knight [Reel.com]
“..much more than just a very accomplished action thriller..”
by Lou Lumenick [New York Post]
“..a crime thriller, that has a fine cast, a crisp plot, a gritty setting, a ballyhooed fight scene, plus a director in top form and full mastery of his sullen art..”
by Rick Groen [Globe and Mail]