Sunday, July 15, 2007

Eastern Promises

And the anticipation continues to build. Not just for David Cronenberg's Eastern Promises, but for a whole slew of films helmed by a bevy of the world's best directors, including Francis Ford Coppola, Todd Haynes, PT Anderson, the Coen Brothers, Noah Baumbach, Mike Nichols, Tim Burton, Marc Forster, Robert Redford, Ridley Scott, George Clooney etc etc etc. But here we have the trailer for Cronenberg's newest deconstruction of violence, Eastern Promises. The sci-fi label that was attached to Cronenberg's name throughout the 80s - a period that produced such masterpieces as Dead Ringers, Videodrome, and The Fly among others - has been all but excised by the streak of films he has made in the 00s, including his stunning 2005 feature A History of Violence, which thematically felt like it could possibly be his final take on the subject of violence. But alas, this is Cronenberg and he seems to be at it again here. Again starring Viggo Mortenson opposite a blonde beauty (this time Naomi Watts), Eastern Promises looks like it could be one of the years most visceral movie going experiences.

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