EASTERN PROMISES starring Viggo Mortensen

a classic must-see

Viggo Mortensen and Naomi Watts in EASTERN PROMISES (Viennale)

I should have watched EASTERN PROMISES before I saw THE EQUALIZER – I might have drawn some parallels and I might have reduced THE EQUALIZER to a brilliantly photographed “me-too”. Why, Viggo Mortensen fighting two armed thugs au naturel is so much more exciting than what Denzel Washington can do with a corkscrew. Earnestly, while THE EQUALIZER is a feast for the eyes this David Cronenberg movie is a classical narration with all the necessary ingredients: A bad guy, a dangerous liaison, a heroine, a lot of blood, a showdown and even a kiss off. After which we get so see our not-so-bad guy sitting in the “point of losers” – that’s in the middle of the screen, according to what I learned from the great Erich Dworak at ORF dramaturgy school. Look for it in films. People sitting in the middle (worst if viewed from above) are helplessly caught in a situation they don’t really want to be in. EASTERN PROMISES is a moving, marvellous film – duly screened at Vienna International Film Festival as a tribute to the great Viggo Mortensen[aartikel]B0015HPAEI:left[/aartikel]

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About Elisabeth Schabus (477 Articles)
I see, I like, I write ... mostly about cinema and actors, but also about politics or economy. In English, auf Deutsch, på svenska. This ORF trained news journalist (TV, radio), who has also worked in corporate publishing for international brands and written/edited tons of magazines, has become a blogger out of passion.

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