Unfortunately, 'Eastern Promises' was a lot like 'A History Of Violence'- it began with a lot of promise, but was ultimately very disappointing (especially with an ending that was way too neatly resolved).
Which was a great shame, because at his best David Cronenberg is a challenging and interesting director, and 'Eastern Promises' had an especially interesting cast doing good work.
I'm not really sure why I rented this movie, I guess it was because every person at work either asked me if it was any good or came in raving about it. I thought it was pretty good acting and story wise... but I just really can't stand the sort of violence in the film. Every time it makes me cringe, close my eyes, etc. It's just not for me.
The fight scene was weird but cool at the same time... I thought the film was good, and have told everyone I know they should watch it... for the fight scene alone. I will watch anything with Mortensen in it... he's never afraid to push the bar!!!!
I did enjoy this movie, although I did think that the ending was a bit too "tidy". I never saw "A History of Violence" but I think I will check it out this weekend.
Viggo Mortenson definetly was the best thing about this movie. That fight scene was vicious!!
I am a huge David Cronenberg fan and I found this film to be as interesting as his past works. He seems to be mainstreaming some of his themes, but he still has a unique cinematic vision and knows how to visually present a good story.
Mortensen is phenomenal in his role as a Russian thug. He digs deep for this role and his Oscar nomination is well deserved (though he won't win). Naomi Watts also bumps up her acting cred in this film by disposing with some of her annoying little tics.
Overall, I highly recommend this film for its unique style and Mortensen's performance. As far as the pacing is concerned, it is typical of most of Cronenberg's work.
A) Russian Prison tattoos are amazing.
B) Vigo appears to have a nice package. Though there was a lot of bouncing, so I could be wrong. But I prefer to think, Vigo has a nice package.
C) I hate open endings. I understand a little bit of an open ending, but absolutely no resolution frustrates me. If I want to use my imagination, I'd read a book.
D) I've forgotten more Russian then I'd like to admit. In fact, I'm pretty sure it means I wasted at least 1/4 of college.