R 101min 2007
Criminal mastermind Nikolai (Mortensen) finds his ties to a notorious crime family shaken when he crosses paths with Anna (Watts), a midwife who has accidentally uncovered evidence against them. Their unusual relationship sets off an unstoppable chain of murder, mystery and deception. — from the back cover
“Eastern Promises” is not what I expected. It is a blabbering drama that ends abruptly. It’s a film that just does not work as promised. Two great actors don’t work on screen together as well as apart.
“Eastern Promises” is a drama that does all the talking. Characters are babbling on and on about this problem or than problem. There is hardly any action in the film. For mobster they talk entirely too much.
I never got what the title meant to the film. The “surprising” reveal was not that surprising and seemed to be thrown in just to throw off the audience. It feels like an incomplete movie. That major parts of the “Eastern Promises” seem to be missing and that’s why I had trouble with this film.
Naomi Watts and Viggo Mortensen worked better when they were not on screen with each other. She worked well as a medical resident trying to find out this girl. Viggo worked as a mob driver rising in the ranks. Their chemistry is as cool as the Russian weather on screen.
I give it 2/5 Gs.