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Eastern Promises

EasternEastern Promises  2007
David Cronenberg

Naomi Watts and Viggo Mortensen star in this smart thriller directed by the ever amazing David Cronenberg. The plot revolves around a Russian teen who delivers a baby and passes away leaving only a diary behind. Watts searches for the teens past so she can make sure the baby ends up with family instead of being lost in the system of foster care. But, she finds out that the girls past involves some very nasty characters.
This was a very smart thriller with some fantastic writing. The characters are well rounded, real figures and never laps into stereotypical flatness. The nasty folks are not cartoon villains bent on destruction and death and the heroes are not angelic, brilliant saints which makes the movie more believable on the whole. The writing never took me away from the film, staying within the realm of the real for the most part.
This is not a sweet film and it has it’s “Cronenberg” moments of gore and violence, but it’s never gratuitous and serves to move the plot forward when it does happen. I found myself caught up in the characters and their development and wondered where things we going to go next, sitting squarely on the edge of my seat at times.
If you’re a fan of crime thrillers and a strong story, check this out. You won’t be disappointed.

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