Eastern Promises is a rare and powerful film to come in our
direction. The film boasts of many humble names but that doesn’t take
away any of its effectiveness. The man who makes this masterpiece come
alive is Canadian-born director David Cronenberg. With a brooding
ambience, he paints a vivid yet stark picture of man and all his
deviousness. “Promises” is a provocative gangland drama at par with the
creations of Martin Scorsese..
Armin Mueller (Semyon)
“Promises” is about a criminal organization run by a grandfatherly
figure named Semyon (Armin Mueller-Stahl). He has done a subtle role and
has lived as the character throughout the film.
Viggo Mortensen (Nikolai Luzhin)
Although he starts his play as a negative character and also has a
late appearance, finally turns out into a lead role by the end of the
movie and leaves a great impact in the minds of the audience.
Naomi Watts (Anna)
A well known face in “Lord Of The Rings” movie has casted the role
of the nurse who is present during a delivery of a baby who is supposed
to be the daughter of a young girl who was raped. Anna takes steps to
find a good future for the baby girl.
DIRECTION - David Cronenberg
David Cronenberg, also known as the King of Venereal Horror or the
Baron of blood, was born in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, in 1943. The
director has brought out a good movie just with not much familiar faces.
The storyline was a bit confusing but interesting.
CINEMATOGRAPHY - Peter Suschitzky
The cinematography has been a boon to the movie and clearly cuts out
the reality within the frame available. The lighting in the movie sets
the mood and the tone for the movie.
SCENES LIKED MOST
(1) The party scene at Semyon house was attractive due to the
lighting and the colours
which were projected thanks to the cinematographer.
(2) The scene where the Semyon son takes the baby to through away into
the river while
he is stopped by Anna and Nikolai Luzhin stops
him from killing the baby.
(3) The scene where Viggo gives lift to Anna where her old bike
malfunctions and gives a
oppenchunity for Viggo to cash in on her helplessness (
due to late night, rain, long
distance of her house) and the audience feel the
natural trap for the innocent Anna to
fall as a victim where Viggo offers to drop her off at
her home. Till she is dropped the
audience really think that she is been taken “ for a
SCENES DISLIKED MOST
(1) The start of the movie with a killing by the barber makes the
from the start.
(2) Too much of kills makes the movie a bit violent.
(3) Cutting of fingers is a bit too much.
(4) The same old way of disposing a victim’s body by throwing it into a
river shows the
death of creativity in the director’s part
MOST LIKED DIALOGUE
I guess the scene where Nikolai Luzhin, Anna and Semyon’s son gets
into a conversation at the river front is more towards to the sentiments
and is enjoyable.
Eastern Promises - a Promise that is fulfilled.
Although the film is set in London, it’s mostly about Russian
affairs. Cronenberg plays out the events in a manner that the Siberian
chill follows them wherever they go. The characters feel sinister and
real at the same time. Needless to say, the best thing you’ll find here
is Mortensen’s performance. He bears a convincing Russian accent for
which he roamed Russia by himself. It’s absolutely remarkable to watch
him unravel his ambivalent shades. Nikolai is reminiscent of the
anti-heroes of yore. You can’t ignore the performances of Cassel and