Eastern Promises

Rated R 100 minutes 2007

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.

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Official Site: www.focusfeatures.com/easternpromises

Director: David Cronenberg

Writer: Steve Knight

Producer: Paul Webster and Robert Lantos

Cast: Viggo Mortensen, Naomi Watts, Vincent Cassel, Armin Mueller-Stahl, Sinéad Cusack and Jerzy Skolimowski

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