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Old 07-18-07, 07:44 AM   #1
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Eastern Promises (Cronenberg, 2007)

Eastern Promises
Director: David Cronenberg
Starring: Viggo Mortensen, Naomi Watts, Vincent Cassel



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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.


IMDB | HD Trailer @ Yahoo | Wide Release: 14 September 2007




I guess David likes working with Viggo. This looks great. September's already looking up. First this, then The Kingdom.
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Old 07-18-07, 08:10 AM   #2
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It looks good for what it is, but I'd like the old Cronenberg to come back.
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Old 07-18-07, 11:51 AM   #3
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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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Old 07-18-07, 11:55 AM   #4
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This was just announced as part of the Toronto Film Festival! Hopefully I can see it there.
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Old 07-18-07, 12:37 PM   #5
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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.
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Old 07-18-07, 12:44 PM   #6
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Looks great to me. Great cast, great director, interesting story... could be good.

I personally enjoyed A History of Violence a good deal, save for the awkward gratuitous sex scenes.
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Old 07-18-07, 10:19 PM   #7
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A History of Violence was Cronenberg's best movie since Dead Ringers or Naked Lunch.
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Old 08-18-07, 04:38 PM   #8
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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
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Old 08-18-07, 06:19 PM   #9
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For those of you wanting the "old" Cronenberg to come back, Entertainment Weekly had a brief blurb on Eastern Promises this week. Relevant parts:

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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."
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Old 08-19-07, 01:03 PM   #10
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Isn't there an all-nude-dude steamroom fight in this? I recall somwhere mentioning that's the 10-minute cneterpiece of the movie.
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Old 08-19-07, 01:07 PM   #11
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I hope this is good.

If it isn't and it doesn't do well, at least then the old-tyme Cronenberg fans will probably get a man-has-sex-with-a-machine movie soon after.
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Old 08-19-07, 03:48 PM   #12
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Isn't there an all-nude-dude steamroom fight in this? I recall somwhere mentioning that's the 10-minute cneterpiece of the movie.
Red Heat?
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Old 08-20-07, 08:35 AM   #13
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A History of Violence was Cronenberg's best movie since Dead Ringers or Naked Lunch.
I disagree, I thought History was overrated and the ending truly hamfisted. The trailer for his latest didn't impress me in the slightest.
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Old 08-20-07, 08:18 PM   #14
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Looks awesome. I've been a fan of everything Cronenberg has done and this looks to be no exception. I like Viggo and I LOVE Naomi. Mmmmm.... Naomi. Uh, excuse me for a minute...

Ok, so yea. I'll be seeing this asap.
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Old 08-20-07, 08:23 PM   #15
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A History of Violence was Cronenberg's best movie since Dead Ringers or Naked Lunch.
It's actually his best since eXistenZ. Can't wait for Eastern Promises.
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Old 09-08-07, 07:15 PM   #16
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Comes out next weekend! can't wait.
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Old 09-08-07, 11:07 PM   #17
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Comes out next weekend! can't wait.
Limited release only next week.
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Old 09-09-07, 10:57 AM   #18
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Old 09-10-07, 12:34 PM   #19
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EASTERN PROMISES
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
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Old 09-10-07, 02:50 PM   #20
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History of Violence was great, and Naomi Watts is my favourite actress. So I'm there.
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Old 09-10-07, 05:37 PM   #21
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11 screens according to Box Office Mojo, and then expanding to 1200 next Friday.
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Old 09-10-07, 08:45 PM   #22
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sounds pretty good. i really like history of violence.
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Old 09-10-07, 08:54 PM   #23
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Will see anything with Watts in it,
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Old 09-11-07, 10:30 AM   #24
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I've heard the directing and acting in this movie is amazing, but that the script is the movie's weakest element.
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Old 09-11-07, 08:31 PM   #25
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Can't wait to see this Friday.
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