Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Eastern Promises (2007) R - 3 Stars

A Russian sex trafficking ring has illegal girls held hostage and rapes them for sex toys. After one teenage girl becomes pregnant and about to go into labor, Anna Khitrova (Naomi Watts) a midwife at North London's hospital, delivers the baby but the mother dies. Anna finds the mothers diary and tries to trace the baby's relatives. The diary is written in Russian and Anna's Russian-born uncle Stepan (Jerzy Skolimowski) warns Anna she might not know what she is getting into.

When Anna finds a business card for a local restaurant inside the diary, she takes it to the restaurant in search of clues. There she meets Semyon (Armin Mueller-Stahl), who agrees to translate the diary for her. Semyon tells her the diary contains information about his son Kirill (Vincent Cassell). After Kirill threatens Anna, she doesn't know who she can trust anymore but realizes the child's life may be in danger.

Nikolai Luzhin (Viggo Mortensen) is a driver for the Vory V Zakone criminal brotherhood. After learning of the child's fate, Nikolai has to decide to help either help Anna or keep his loyalty to the Vory.

2007 - Eastern Promises - Toronto Film Critics Association - Best Actor.

Focus Features
Director: David Cronenberg
Writer: Steve Knight
Producers: Robert Lantos, Paul Webster
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