Director: David Cronenberg
Starring: Viggo Mortensen, Naomi Watts, Vincent Cassel
The film follows the mysterious and ruthless Nikolai (Viggo Mortensen), who is tied to one of London's most notorious organized crime families. His carefully maintained existence is jarred when he crosses paths with Anna (Naomi Watts), an innocent midwife trying to right a wrong, who accidentally uncovers potential evidence against the family.
That looks about as much like a Cronenberg as A History of Violence did. Let's hope this one's better.
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Don't get me wrong, I love Cronenbergs older flicks, but I really enjoyed HoV. This one looks pretty good as well. I appreciate that he hasn't lost his gore factor even though his movies are more mainstream now.
A History of Violence was Cronenberg's best movie since Dead Ringers or Naked Lunch.
"The next time the motherfucker call, tell him I said suck my dick. I don't give a fuck, whatever the fuck make the people laugh, say that shit. Do the people laugh when you say what you say? I said, 'Yes.' He said, 'do you get paid?' I said, 'Yes.' He said well tell Bill I said have a Coke and a smile and shut the fuck up! The Jello puddin'-eating motherfucker!"
I can't wait for this one. I loved A History of Violence and I think Cronenberg looks to be in the zone again with this one. I've got high hopes and the cast is excellent - who would have thought that Viggo Mortensen could end up being Cronenberg's muse
For those of you wanting the "old" Cronenberg to come back, Entertainment Weekly had a brief blurb on Eastern Promises this week. Relevant parts:
Originally Posted by Entertainment Weekly
Has the creator of classic creepfests like Dead Ringers and The Fly officially left his old ways behind? "All of my movies have dealt with crime in the sense of transgression," Cronenberg says. "In the last two, it's more traditional. But creatively, there's a real continuity amongst the films." So, not even one more man-fly creature? For old time's sake? "You get bored with yourself," he says. "I think it's good to get out of your own rut."
Despite the film's "normal" subject matter, [Vincent] Cassel, who plays the scion of the Mafia clan, says the director put his unique stamp on the material. "You have forbidden things in the movie, but it's more about what you think you're seeing than what you really saw," he says. "In that sense, it's a very David Cronenberg movie."
Thursday, September 13
With David Cronenberg in person
Location: Directors Guild Theater, 110 W. 57 Street, Manhattan.
2007, 100 mins., 35mm print courtesy Focus Features. Directed by David Cronenberg. With Viggo Mortensen, Naomi Watts. David Cronenberg (A History of Violence, Videodrome, and Naked Lunch) reinvents the crime movie with this intense psychological thriller about a mysterious man tied to a London crime family and a midwife who has accidentally uncovered evidence against them. Tickets: $12 Museum members/$18 non-members/free for Sponsor level and above. Call 718.784.4520 or order at http://movingimage.us/site/site.php
History of Violence was great, and Naomi Watts is my favourite actress. So I'm there.
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