Eastern Promises (2007)
Directed by: David Cronenberg
Written by: Steven Knight
Starring: Viggo Mortensen, Naomi Watts, Vincent Cassel, Armin Mueller-Stahl, Sinéad Cusack, Jerzy Skolimowski, Sarah-Jeanne Labrosse
About a midwife who runs into a branch of the Russian mafia in London when she delivers the baby of a raped prostitute and gets a hold of her diary. She becomes involved with the mob boss' driver and then some stuff happens.
I'm not, like, a Cronenberg nut, I honestly haven't seen that much of his work as yet, but this one didn't really seem like a David Cronenberg movie. I was sort of expecting the baby to eat its way out or something.
It's more like a gangster/crime/thriller type movie than whatever the hell you would call his other stuff. I mean, I've only seen The Fly and Scanners, but still...
And there was a frigging baby. I have a problem with movies where the plot revolves around a baby (unless it's, like, a baby movie, in which case I probably won't watch it) because there comes a point when you have to kill the baby or not and that's a difficult thing to handle in a movie.
Okay, it wasn't all about the baby, but the baby was pretty important. The movie seemed to be all about Viggo Mortensen.
He was excellent in it, but I have problems with him. Sometimes I like him, sometimes I don't. All the time, I get the impression that he thinks he's really cool. He did have cool tattoos, though. It must really hurt to get tats on your knees.
Although I kept thinking of two wild and crazy guys when he and his buddy there, Vincent Cassel, got together. Checking out the foxes. Yeah, that made for much humour.
Other than that, I don't really have too many strong feelings about the movie. I didn't think it sucked, nor did I think it was brilliant. Not much more to express on the matter, really.