Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Eastern Promises (2007)

A British Canadian American crime drama directed by David Cronenberg, starring Viggo Mortensen, Naomi Watts and Vincent Cassel.
A young pregnant woman has her baby delivered before she dies. The nurse steals the diary of the dead mother and tries to have it translated from Russian and find her family. It turns out that the dead mother was a sex slave for Russian gangsters.
The plot was very complex and non-linear. The story of the nurse was mixed with parts of the Russian girl's diary and the dealings of gangsters. Characters got a little confusing too. The nurse, driver and mob boss were easy to keep track of, but everyone else just kept piling into the already messy plot. The video style was clear and pacing seemed right, but was too quick for me to absorb the story thoroughly. The camera-work looked appropriate and acting was convincing. Viggo Mortensen was Aragorn in Lord of the Rings and Naomi Watts played secondary female lead in Tank Girl. Overall, it was very well-made confusing mess. I rate it o.k. Watch it if you really want to unravel the plot mystery.

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