Eastern Promises

Released 2007


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David Cronenberg
Eastern Promises is a Russian mobster film with an all-star cast of Viggo Mortensen, Naomi Watts, and director David Cronenberg. Set in modern day London, the story begins when Anna Khitrova (Naomi Watts), happens upon the diary of a young Russian immigrant that dies in childbirth. In an attempt to locate the young infants next of kin, Anna seeks out the names of some people that she finds in the diary, leading her straight into the world of the Russian mafia and at the feet of Nikolai Luzhin (Viggo Mortensen). Nikolai is the driver and body disposer for the head crime boss, and also an up-and-comer in the crime organization. As Anna gets closer to the mystery of the dead Russian’s family, she becomes dangerously entangled in the underground crime world. Hailed by top critics from all over the globe, and on many Top 10 of 2007 lists, Eastern Promises is a movie with many twists and turns, and above all, a first rate crime thriller that is not to be missed.moreless


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  • 90

    The New York Times A.O. Scott

    The rigor of Mr. Cronenberg's direction sometimes seems at odds with the humanism of Mr. Knight's script, but more often the director's ruthless formal command rescues the story fr...

  • 90

    Variety Todd McCarthy

    A superbly wrought yarn set in the milieu of first-generation Russian mobsters in London that is simultaneously tough-minded and compassionate about the human condition, Eastern Pr...

  • 80

    Los Angeles Times Carina Chocano

    Expertly realized and gunmetal slick, Eastern Promises whirs along with perfect efficiency, but doesn't stir much in the way of visceral horror despite its penchant for treating th...

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illegal activities, keeping secrets, Crime, bloody and violent, gritty crime scenarios