Eastern Promises

There’s something about these last two David Cronenberg movies that I like. It’s something about the way scenes are shot with a still camera that doesn’t deny the artifice of the movie world. Something about the silence of many of the scenes that creates a mood of resignation. People wanting to be better but not able to be.

I liked History of Violence, but I didn’t love it, and I don’t know why I liked it or didn’t love it.

This Eastern Promises movie was entertaining enough, but I wasn’t that excited about the subject or the plot or the setting or the characters. Mostly I liked the feeling it gave me, something deep and dark and resigned to the existence of evil in the world. Brutal scene of Viggo Mortensen, naked, fighting two hired killers in a sauna.

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