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Eastern Promises (2007)

Written By Unknown on Friday, March 5, 2010 | 4:25 AM

Genre: Crime/Drama/Thriller

Starring: Viggo Mortensen, Naomi Watts, Vincent Cassel, Armin Mueller-Stahl

A Russian crime syndicate by the name Vory V Zakone, is based in London is and headed by Semyon (Mueller-Stahl). Anna (Watts) is a young nurse working at a hospital whose father was Russian. A young 14 year old girl dies in her hospital giving birth to a baby girl. The girl entrusts Anna with a diary, which tells Anna the secrets of why she is in such a condition. Not knowing Russian, she approaches Semyon, whose visiting card was there inside the diary, to interpret the diary. She meets Semyon's son Kirill (Cassel) and his chauffeur Nikolai (Mortensen) and half realises that they are in some way responsible for the condition of the young pregnant woman. Nikolai develops a soft-corner for her and tries to do whatever he can within his control to help her. Things get from bad to worse and Anna soon realises that she is stuck deep with the Russian mafia. The movie puts on an average show which has a lot of scope for further improvement. Better performances, barring Viggo Mortensen and some better plot execution could have helped the movie a lot. The movie proudly states 'from the director of A History of Violence' and I'm not sure if that is a good idea.

Thumbs up: Viggo Mortensen without a doubt
Thumbs down: Weak plot execution

Rating: 6.1/10
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