Once more with extreme violence, brutality and provocation Haneke carbon copies his 1997 version this time in the US. He asserts that violence in cinema is essentially an American discourse – hence the remake – the result is a kind of ‘intellectual’ Texas Chainsaw Massacre. Don’t watch Funny Games for answers or clarity or if you’re not too keen on torture and bloodletting.
Posted in action, Crime, drama, Horror
Tagged Crime, Funny Games US, Michael Haneke, Michael Pitt, movie, Naomi Watts, Tim Roth, violence
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.
Posted in action, Crime, Thriller
Tagged David Cronenberg, Eastern Promise, London, mafia, Naomi Watts, Russians, underworld, Viggo Mortensen, Vincent Cassel, violence