Directed by David Cronenberg, Eastern Promises is at times brutal – such is the hallmark of the famous Canadian director – and operates at a height of grim violence and vengeance. Starring tattooed, ruthless, and terrifying Viggo Mortensen as a very convincing Russian gangster, along with Naomi Watts and Vincent Cassel, it presents intense psychological drama and a gritty crime story. Midwife Anna (Watts) gives birth to the baby of a 14-year-old Russian prostitute, who dies in childbirth, and later learns that she has been forced into prostitution by the mafia.
To prevent this knowledge from seeping into it, he entangles himself deeper into the criminal bowels of London, whose different factions and languages are well highlighted by Cronenberg. Add to all that a clever storyline and the daring performance of Mortensen and you have an intense author-thriller in Cronenberg’s signature style.
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Actor: Aleksandar Mikic, Alice Henley, Armin Mueller-Stahl, Donald Sumpter, Elisa Lasowski, Jerzy Skolimowski, Josef Altin, Mina E. Mina, Naomi Watts, Raza Jaffrey, Sarah-Jeanne Labrosse, Sinead Cusack, Tamer Hassan, Tatiana Maslany, Tereza Srbová, Viggo Mortensen, Vincent Cassel
Director: David Cronenberg