Sunday, December 30, 2007
Seriously... "Eastern Promises" scores in its very tight narrative and clever plot twists. So tight is this film (in camera coverage too) it seems hardly populated outside of its core characters. Here, Director David Cronenberg, aka "The Baron of Blood", culls some strong performances. "I'm just de driver", explains Viggo Mortensen to Naomi Watts, and as one hell of a Ruski he slowly but surely starts to drive the film, including a tense bathhouse scene where he goes all primeval on some thick-headed hooligans.