With Viggo Mortensen, Naomi Watts, Vincent Cassel, Armin Mueller-Stahl, Sinéad Cusack

Directed by David Cronenberg

Screenwriter Steven Knight’s tale of the Russian mob in London is a stark and vivid vision of a mysterious underworld, and is even more engrossing in the hands of a masterful director like Cronenberg. A young, pregnant Russian immigrant ends up in hospital where she dies giving birth. The midwife who saved the baby takes possession of her diary written in Russian, which reveals some dark, ugly secrets about the people who held her in a grip of prostitution. She herself has Russian heritage but knows nothing of the culture or the language. The Russian restaurant owner to whom she takes the diary for a translation is in fact linked to it all.
Cronenberg continues his collaboration with Mortensen (from A History Of Violence), here playing the driver and problem solver who has to keep an eye on the mob boss’ unhinged son. A tense relationship develops between this dangerous man and the doctor who is out of her depth.
Features some graphic knife scenes.
Eastern Promises received many nominations and wins across the awards circuit.
Extras include featurettes on the making of the movie, and a look at the significance of the tattoos displayed by the Russian underworld figures.

5 / B
- Paul Blom

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