Eastern Promises A lot of blood gets spilled in David Cronenberg's precisely made, often heartbreaking quasi-thriller, Eastern Promises , set amid London's sordid sex trade. After a… Eastern Promises A lot of blood gets spilled in David Cronenberg's precisely made, often heartbreaking quasi-thriller, Eastern Promises , set amid London's sordid sex trade. After a…
DVD Review

Eastern Promises (2007)

EASTERN PROMISES Vincent Cassel and Viggo Mortensen in David Cronenberg's Russian mob thriller, now on DVD
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EASTERN PROMISES Vincent Cassel and Viggo Mortensen in David Cronenberg's Russian mob thriller, now on DVD
EW's GRADE
B+

Details Release Date: Dec 23, 2007; DVD Release Date: Dec 23, 2007; Movie Rated: R; Genres: Drama, Mystery and Thriller; With: Viggo Mortensen and Naomi Watts; Distributor: Focus Features

A lot of blood gets spilled in David Cronenberg's precisely made, often heartbreaking quasi-thriller, Eastern Promises, set amid London's sordid sex trade. After a second viewing, the gore seems less Cronenbergian shtick than an appropriate mirroring of the Russian Mob's brutality. Also, a potentially gimmicky plot twist involving Nikolai (a flawless Viggo Mortensen) recasts the impenetrable character as a rich enigma. EXTRAS Two making-of docs — the better of which details the creation of Mortensen's tattoos — can't compensate for the lack of commentary from Cronenberg.

Originally posted Jan 11, 2008 Published in issue #974 Jan 18, 2008 Order article reprints