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FILM DETAILS
Certificate 18
Cast
Viggo Mortensen
Naomi Watts
Vincent Cassel
Armin Mueller-Stahl
Directors
David Cronenberg
Screenwriters
Steve Knight
Running Time
100 minutes

Eastern Promises
Cronenberg takes on the Russian Mob


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Eastern Promises

Plot
When a Russian teenager dies in childbirth, nurse Anna (Watts) determines to find her family and save the baby from foster care. The girl’s diary leads her to enigmatic ‘driver’ Nikolai (Mortensen) and the bloody underworld of the Russian Mafia.


Verdict
Mortensen shines but a contrived, issue-driven plot destabilises what could have been a great Russian gangster movie.


Reviewed by Dorian Lynskey

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