Eastern Promises best feature is a solid plot that doesn’t seem to fall apart with scrutiny.
Viggo Mortensen ends up being rather engaging as Nikolai, but I was on the fence about him and the whole movie for way too long. That’s bad, but by far the biggest problem is that all the characters and situations are fucking depressing. Except for Naomi Watts, the bleeding-heart lead chick, everyone is a fuck up that speaks Russian and wears poor fitting black leather jackets.
It’s also got a lot of blood churning slasher shots. When did thriller movies become the new slasher movies?
I liked the last half hour quite a bit, but the first hour and a half seemd to drag on for me.