January 10, 2009

#008: Eastern Promises

Last night we were looking for a movie to watch.  We decided to go through the movies recorded on our DVR and pick one off of there.  As we went down the list we narrowed it down between "Mr. Woodcock" and "Eastern Promises".  I really didn't know what Eastern Promises was about, I had just heard it mentioned on some movie list and noticed it was playing on Cinemax, so I recorded it.

Right from the beginning this movie had me hooked.  It was amazing.  It tells the story of a Russian mob family that has relocated to London in order to avoid the KGB.  It stars Viggo Mortensen and Naomi Watts.   Looking back on it, the story-line isn't all that original, but it is acted wonderfully.  It has some amazing scenes that I wasn't expecting. This includes one of the most "raw" and brutal fight scenes I have ever seen.  This movie kept me on-edge the entire time.

Even when there was no action, there was this underlying tension between the characters that kept it exciting. It was one of those movies that had me so involved in what was going on at the moment, that I never even stopped to think how it was going to end.  I feel that it is a very well done film.  For what it is, it might be one of the most exciting and entertaining movies I have seen for a while.  When it was over I couldn't stop thinking about it.  I wasn't sure if I was even going to be able to fall asleep.

If you like thrilling dramas, and don't mind a little bit of graphic violence, then you should definitely check this one out.  I don't think I know anybody else who has seen this movie.  So, if you have seen it, or when you do see it, definitely send me a message and let me know what you thought.  Another tip, do not go out and read any other reviews about this movie until after you have seen it.  I read some this morning and felt they gave away too much information about what was going to happen.  Just watch it.  

Eastern Promises gets a solid 4 stars, a great movie.


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