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Eastern Promises (2007)

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4 out of 10 Russian mafia
connor from Leitrim, 22 Jul 2010
I like mafia films but unfortunately theres not really very many of them. This film was good, i enjoyed the dark, callous, cruel, gangster, very russian element to it. The accents etc are good. It was slow but not in a very bad way. It could have been made better too, was a little disconnected. For example, i thought they were in Russia all along. Meant to be a film in London but the whole vibe made it appear as if it was set in Moscow or somewhere like that. Nevertheless it was enjoyable.
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2.5 out of 10 OK but so what?
Maggie from Mayo, 18 Mar 2008
Film ambled along and kept you watching but it was nothing special. The nurse was completely unbelievable throughout the film, but that was the part rather than the actress. In fact the behaviour of most of the characters was unbelievable most of the time! "Ordinary people" as they called themselves just don't behave that way against organised crime. And psychopathic criminals don't have sudden soft-spots for victims. It also came to a sudden halt with no real ending.
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3.5 out of 10 Not bad!
Dean & Steffi from Meath, 13 Jun 2008
Yer man from Lord of the Rings is very convincing and it's a pity he does'nt get more roles tbh. The movie itself is low budget and mostly drama with little location or effects to rely on. Nonetheless it's gritty and keeps you watching to the end, if unfortunately it's not a great ending. However, in fairness, I noticed the credits paid tribute to a Producer who died during the making, so perhaps the thing was wrapped up early. Pity, almost a really good film.
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3.5 out of 10 V Good
Klair from Dublin, 10 Mar 2008
A young russian girl dies giving birth and the midwife finds a restaurants businees card among her belongings. she goes to the restaurant to try find out if the girl worked there and ends up with the russian mafia on her back. this movie was excellent, there is a very good storyline on top of all the violence and yes, some of the scenes are particularly gruesome but it is a movie about the Mafia so the graphic violence is necessary for the movie.
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4 out of 10 I'd watch Viggo doing my gutters
Brian from Dublin, 30 Nov 2008
VM is just great cinema, even if the accent was a bit suss - that being said, the Russians might think it's fab! This is a really underappreciated film which moves at a great pace - not too Bourne, not too boring. Interspersed with some great fight scenes (in context - we're not talking Jackie Chan) and a great cast. Great follow-up to A History of Violence. If you liked AHOV, you'll like this.
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What's it about....
The film follows the mysterious and ruthless Nikolai (Viggo Mortensen), who is tied to one of London's most notorious organized crime families. His carefully maintained existence is jarred when he crosses paths with Anna (Naomi Watts), an innocent midwife, who accidentally uncovers potential evidence against the family. Now Nikolai must put into motion a harrowing chain of murder, deceit, and retribution.

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