Although a lot of it is extremely dated when viewed today, there are certain parts of this film that are still extremely effective emotionally and it's still considered one of the best and most iconic films of the 80s. Dated, but still very good and very powerful.
I'm certain that this is one that will grow on me with rewatches, because the 2nd time around this was even more effective. The onscreen acting and emotion just comes right out of the screen and hits you. It's absolutely incredible.
Easily one of the most overlooked films of recent times, and I can't even really put it's power into words. Without a doubt recommended.
Eastern Promises is a criminally underrated film which i personally think should be mentioned more when talking about crime/gangster films. Not only is it a great crime film, it is also a great character study.
Cronenbergs vision of a grimy London is great, this isn't a glossy gangster film like Goodfellas or The Godfather. All of these locations are dirty and really add to the atmosphere of the film.
All of the cast give good performances, but Viggo shines here.…
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First of all, this is not a nice film. This film features some absolutely cringe inducing scenes of violence and rape. So dont go into this film expecting it to be a fun affair...
Anyway, this is my personal story with the film. I watched it a year ago and just thought it was a good drama film. Sure, it affected me emotionally and was quite a big punch in the gut, but i felt…