Thematically, Eastern Promises is similar to Cronenberg’s last outing – A History of Violence. Set in London, it revolves around the activities of rival Eastern European Mafioso. The violence is shocking and Viggo Mortensen produces the best acting of his career – he is utterly compelling. Unfortunately, the movie never finds fifth gear. JJ
Eastern Promises offers an interesting insight into the emigrated Russian mafia and its influence on the British underworld. Covers most bases; drugs, prostitution, underage rape, mafia, chauvinism, chivalry, and childbirth. Quite a gloomy movie, as one would expect when mother Russia is involved, but works quite well. Worth a watch, despite all its grue and depression. Brian Murray.