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Eastern Promises (2007)

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From IMDB:

The film follows the mysterious and ruthless Nikolai (Viggo Mortensen), who is tied to one of London’s most notorious organized crime families. His carefully maintained existence is jarred when he crosses paths with Anna (Naomi Watts), an innocent midwife trying to right a wrong, who accidentally uncovers potential evidence against the family. Now Nikolai must put into motion a harrowing chain of murder, deceit, and retribution.

In the Russian mafia tattoos tell the story of your life. Without those you don’t exist.

In the opening scene of this move you are introduced to the cold nature that is the theme of the film. Murder and deceit is the name of the game as you find out shortly into the beginning of the movie when a young man is prompted by an old barber to kill a mark that is sitting in his barber chair with a straight razor to the throat. The young man saws away until the mans life has ebbed from his body, while at the same time giving life to this movie in a very gritty opening scene. The execution of such scenes are cold-blooded and calculating through out the film and yet given just the right prose that my wife wasn’t bothered but it because it moves the story along very efficiently and doesn’t make this the only reason ‘Eastern Promises’ exist.

‘Eastern Promises’ shows us that the ties that bind are just as powerful, if not more so, in death as they are in life. A man is excuted in a barber chair (without knowing how to properly to expose of the body) bonds two lifes together in trying to find the right solution to fix this problem. A young mother dies in child birth leaving a nurse to uncover her mystery that lies in a journal (written in Russian) so that she may better understand what has happened. With the idea that she may one day give this journal to the child that is left without a parent. Revealing secrets that shouldn’t be shown to just anybody.

The drama unfolds with an excellence and caring that one can’t help but to watch scene after scene to see how the story is going to reveal itself.

Viggo Mortensen (Nikolai) and Naomi Watts (Anna) team up with a seasoned cast, a very insightful director (David Cronenberg) and screen writer (Steven Knight) to deliver a griping drama film that drew me right into the working of the minds of the low lying Russian Mafia that’s trying to take over London all in the while being deceived themselves. ‘Eastern Promises’ shows that even the most frigid of characters can have a soul.

This movie gets 4/5 stars

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