Movie Review – Eastern Promises – Convincing

Eastern Promises

The mysterious and charismatic Russian-born Nikolai Luzhin (Viggo Mortensen) is a driver for one of London’s most notorious organized crime families of Eastern European origin. The family itself is part of the Vory V Zakone criminal brotherhood.

This is a pretty gritty film, I hadn’t actually heard of it – but Suanie recommended it so it must be good! It’s got a strong rating of 7.9/10 on IMDB (One of the highest scores I’ve seen for a while).

The movie revolves around an average British girl (Naomi Watts) getting entangled with the ‘Vor V Zakone‘ AKA the Russian Mafia – a scary bunch at the best of times. There is really quite a number of then in the UK, especially around London and they control a fair amount of territory.

It’s pretty gory, violent, sexual and nasty – there’s betrayal and all kinds of things going on.

Viggo Mortensen absolutely rocks it as the bad-ass Nikolai. He took method acting to the max, he really becomes Russian, the way he tilts his head when he speaks, his mannerism, everything is fantastic!

Viggo Mortensen as Nikolai

Vincent Cassel is also excellent as the narcissistic, confused, violent and down-trodden big-shot mafioso.

After stabbing someone in the eye during a naked fight in a sauna, I have to say Viggo is a real man now!

This is a great movie, an unexpected gem in the rough…definitely a must watch in my books. If you haven’t seen it go and find it now and watch it and watch Viggo ROCK IT.

This is a memorable movie, the noirish setting, the vivid characters, great scripting, character development…it has a the lot!

I give it an eye-poking 8.5/10.




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10 Responses to Movie Review – Eastern Promises – Convincing

  1. Dabido May 16, 2008 at 4:54 pm #

    I hate it when people stab me in the eye in the sauna! That’s why I no longer suana anymore. 🙂
    I remember this getting reviewed on TV over here. Not sure if it had the same release name as it doesn’t sound familiar, but I remember the TV presenters talking about it.

  2. Suertes May 16, 2008 at 6:12 pm #

    You mean he wasn’t a real man when he was torturing Demi Moore in his tiny khaki shorts and Magnum P.I. moustache….

    ..oh wait, she did tell him to suck her ‘dick’?!?!

  3. JW May 16, 2008 at 11:12 pm #

    the lines in this film are sick!

    “…that is why your baby die inside you.”

    “Sentimental value”

    and then that one quote abot having stars on their knees means they won’t ever kneel before anyone.

  4. pinkpau May 17, 2008 at 12:48 am #

    why you never mention viggo’s nekkid butt.

    viggo’s nekkid butt!!!!!!

    tiger you must watch harold and kumar 2. must. must!!

  5. Elsie May 19, 2008 at 8:56 pm #

    The acting is so real and the streetfighting style is so good, I wasn’t even interested to take a second look on Viggo’s weewee. Viggo viggo viggo rocks!

  6. Z May 20, 2008 at 8:30 am #

    There was a scene where he was preparing to cut up the frozen body and doused out his ciggie on his freaking tongue. He was doing all that while being dressed up in an Armani suit mind you. Simply electrifying.

    The sauna scene was so brutal it was awesome and it managed to keep my eyes off his peen and butt 😛

  7. ShaolinTiger May 20, 2008 at 3:56 pm #

    Dabido: Check it out anyway, it’s worth watching!

    Suertes: No that doesn’t count because that was such a horribly crap movie.

    JW: Yah agree, excellent dialogue.

    pinkpau: Cos I’m not into naked mens butts? Will watch Harold and Kumar soon 🙂

    Elsie: Yah it was pretty brutal.

    Z: Amazing stuff, he really blew me away, vicious…but with a caring heart.

  8. Irene May 26, 2008 at 4:08 am #

    movie was pretty good, but almost died laughing at the flapping dick in the fight scene. heh.

  9. ShaolinTiger May 26, 2008 at 2:27 pm #

    Irene: You pay attention to the best parts eh.

  10. Irene May 27, 2008 at 4:23 pm #

    well… was admittedly rather curious about viggo mortensen’s size heh.