More then just "the movie where Aragorn fights naked", Eastern Promises is a gritty, gripping contemporary thriller in the classic style of Hitchcock, easily David Cronenberg's finest film to date. Steven Knight's script, appearing simple on the surface, steadily unfolds to reveal depths of mood and motivations richly rewarding in its dramatic payoff.
Viggo Mortensen's Oscar nominated performances as soft-spoken, hard-boiled Russian mafia chauffeur Nikolai is, in a word, mesmerizing, and Naomi Watts makes a natural, modern Hitchcock blonde. The screen crackles with their chemistry. Highly recommended.
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