Loved the direction of the movie. Cronenberg brings some serious grit into the movie (that nude fight scene in particular). Viggo Mortensen delivers an amazing performance, filled with nuance and restraint. The film wavers a little with some odd dialogue and an ending that feels a bit abrupt. But still, my eyes were glued to the screen all the way through
Apesar da boa representação de Viggo Mortensen, o enredo da história por ser fraco. Em vez de mostrar a perspectiva da personagem representada pelo actor anteriormente referido, o filme acaba por não explora nenhuma personagem fazendo com que não seja explorada a personalidade ou o passado de nenhuma das personagens envolvidas. Apesar disso, tem uma das cenas mais violentas e interessantes que já vi.
The thing I love about Eastern Promises is that Cronenberg limits the violence to a few short scenes; but when this film intends to be violent, it's visceral about it. It puts you close and it doesn't cut away. Brilliant performances from Mortensen, Watts, and Cassel.
One of Cronenberg's best - easily a top 5 candidate within his oeuvre. Naomi and Vigo are spectacular, as is the entire cast. This film is RAW and there are images that have lasted with me since my first viewing almost 10 years ago. More in vein with A History of Violence than say, Videodrome, this film still has all the aesthetics you come expect from Cronenberg. Under lesser hands, this could have been a disaster.
Epoustouflante composition de Viggo Mortensen, décidemment incontournable, en ambivalent homme de main dévoué et tranchant, face à un Vincent Cassel forçant un peu trop dans le vitupérant psychotique, sans oublier, égal à lui-même, l'immense Armin Mueller-Stahl, un monument du septième art qui pointe discrètement du côté des Max Von Sydow et autres Alec Guinness de nos nuits blanches. www.cinefiches.com
Rating: 9/10 A compelling crime drama with a lot of moving parts, handled beautifully under the direction of Cronenberg. Viggo Mortensen's performance is terrific, and Steve Knight's screenplay hits the necessary, and some surprising, beats - allowing 'Eastern Promises' to stand apart from other films of its genre.
Caricatured characterisation, a mawkish soundtrack and a script that sets an indecisive tone for the film make this one of Cronenberg's more variable efforts. Mortensen, Watts and Cassel have enough gravitas to make this an adequate spectating experience. As for contextual accuracy on criminal underworlds, it's too sensationalist. The tattoos are cool though.
A good lead performance and some exquisitely tense bursts of violence drag this script out of total banality. The dialogue has some very low points, but it's mostly sufferable. Cronenberg has taken on a little bit of a gritty neo-noir aesthetic here that should have been pushed further - some of the scenes are clunky and boring, while supporting performances are corny at best.