Thursday, May 29, 2008

Eastern Promises

Yet another one I forgot to blog at the time :/ What am I like eh? eh? eh?... eh?

David Cronenberg's follow up to the, frankly, stunning A History of Violence, takes a look at the Russian gangster underworld in London.

A midwife played by Naomi Watts comes across the journal of a Russian teenager who dies in childbirth, as she gradually gets the journal translated she discovers a lot of unsavoury things about the teenager's life. On the way she encounters a very Russian Viggo Mortensen and a load of others.

That's pretty much it, although it's well put together, pretty well acted (eg: Naomi Watts doesn't annoy the crap out of me in this one), it just doesn't have the same impact that 'History' did, or any of the other Cronenberg film's I've seen. That said, it's not a bad film, it's pretty good, of course it is.

It'll be interesting to see where Cronenberg goes next as he seems to be getting increasingly mainstream.

Eastern Promises - 8/10

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