David Cronenberg's dour, relatively restrained Russian-gangsters-in-London drama is notable more for its bloody violence than anything in Steve (Dirty Pretty Things) Knight's screenplay, an uninspired jumble of clashing motivations about a well-meaning English midwife (Naomi Watts), an up-and-coming vory v zakone hood (Viggo Mortensen), and an orphaned baby girl, daughter of a murdered teenage prostitute. Only one scene really stands out: Mortensen's full-frontal-nude fight with a pair of Chechen assassins in a bathhouse. That's not enough to kill the flavor of leftover borscht. Armin Mueller-Stahl and Vincent Cassel overact egregiously as father-son mobsters.
Director: David Cronenberg
Writer: Steve Knight
Producer: Paul Webster and Robert Lantos
Cast: Viggo Mortensen, Naomi Watts, Vincent Cassel, Armin Mueller-Stahl, SinÃ©ad Cusack and Jerzy Skolimowski