Every sin leaves a mark
Viggo Mortensen, Naomi Watts, Vincent Cassel, Armin Mueller-Stahl, Sinead Cusack, Donald Sumpter
|Sound formats||Dolby Digital, DTS|
|Produced by||Serendipity Point Films, Astral Media, BBC Films, Corus Entertainment, Focus Features, Kudos Film and Television, Scion Films Limited, Téléfilm Canada|
|Language||Very strong, frequent|
|Nudity||Moderate and non-sexual|
|Sex||Very strong, once|
|Violence||Very strong, bloody, gory|
|Prejudice||Occasional, strong, contextualised|
|Comments||Mature themes, high impact|
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|Sex / Nudity
||Blood / Gore / Gross
|Guns / Weapons
||Alcohol / Drugs
||Disrespectful / Bad Attitude
|Frightening / Tense Scenes
||Tense Family Scenes
||Topics to talk about
What the Critics say
|Cape Argus / The Star|
Nils van der Linden It's not a pretty sight but the captivating Mortensen, in particular, ensures that you can never look away.
David Jenkin This is an amazing film and will be known as one of Cronenberg's best.
David Jones Eastern Promises lacks the fully-fleshed domestic realism of Cronenberg's previous stab (or should that be gouge?) at the mainstream, his masterpiece A History Of Violence. But thanks to the mood, the murkiness and Viggo Mortensen, Eastern Promises is an instant cult classic.
|Chicago Sunday Times|
Roger Ebert The actors and the characters merge and form a reality above and apart from the story, and the result is a film that takes us beyond crime and London and the Russian mafia and into the mystifying realms of human nature.
Adam Nayman The stars are fine but the movie doesn't quite align: Cronenberg's Organizatsiya saga has moments that are clearly the work of a singular talent, but it frequently plays as melodrama.
James Berardinelli Perhaps the director set the bar so high with The History of Violence (a flawed but at times brilliant motion picture) that there was no way he could equal it with Eastern Promises, but for him to fall so far short is nothing less than criminal.
Peter Travers The film’s bristling invention and biting with can’t stave off the dread. Sure, it's hard to take. Consolation isn’t Cronenberg’s business. But art as a response to the terrors of modern life should be yours.
If not for the ending, this would be a near brilliant film, although certainly not for all viewers, especially the squeamish.
Tomatometer A compelling thriller and a showcase for Mortensen's daring performance.
What the People say
31865 Netizens An Actor's Courage
Average .. 76%