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Eastern Promises (2007) (DVDrip)

IMDB: tt0765443/

Genre:
Crime / Drama / Thriller

Quality:
DVDrip

IMDB Rating:
8.0/10 (15,805 votes)

Language:
English


He is no driver, he is the undertaker.

From IMDB:

The mysterious and charismatic Russian-born Nikolai Luzhin is a driver for one of London’s most notorious organized crime families of Eastern European origin.

The family itself is part of the Vory V Zakone criminal brotherhood. Headed by Semyon, whose courtly charm as the welcoming proprietor of the plush Trans-Siberian restaurant impeccably masks a cold and brutal core, the family’s fortunes are tested by Semyon’s volatile son and enforcer, Kirill, who is more tightly bound to Nikolai than to his own father.

But Nikolai’s carefully maintained existence is jarred once he crosses paths at Christmastime with Anna Khitrova, a midwife at a North London hospital. Anna is deeply affected by the desperate situation of a young teenager who dies while giving birth to a baby. Anna resolves to try to trace the baby’s lineage and relatives. The girl’s personal diary also survives her; it is written in Russian, and Anna seeks answers in it. Anna’s mother Helen does not discourage her, but Anna’s irascible Russian-born uncle Stepan urges caution.

He is right to do so; by delving into the diary, Anna has accidentally unleashed the full fury of the Vory. With Semyon and Kirill closing ranks and Anna pressing her inquiries, Nikolai unexpectedly finds his loyalties divided. The family tightens its grip on him; who can, or should, he trust? Several lives – including his own – hang in the balance as a harrowing chain of murder, deceit, and retribution reverberates through the darkest corners of both the family and London itself.
Catch the trailer here;

Mortensen as Nikolai Luzhin


This is the second consecutive movie which, by the standards of Canadian uber-director David Cronenberg’s sometimes extreme delvings into the wierdness of the world, might be termed “conventional”.

This too is the second consecutive Cronenberg movie helmed by the majestic acting talents of Viggo Mortensen, who here in his role as Nikolai Luzhin, the ice-cold hitman for a London branch of the Russian Mafia, puts in another flawless, and supremely convincing, intense performance. With his scars and numerous tatoos (which are badges of honour in the Russian underworld and which seem to be burned into the very soul of Nikolai Luzhin), and with his intense stare and perilous presence, Mortensen brings supremely to life a character steeped in violence and adherence to an ancient unbreachable code of criminal loyalty.

Mortensen went to great lengths to in prepare for the role, including travelling to Russia on a number of occasions, meeting characters in the Russian mafia and learning Russian. He is truly convincing and scary in this role but also brings a subtlety, a humanity and a multi-dimensionality to the character. There can’t be many actors out there the equal of Mortensen right now (only Johnny Depp comes to mind).

Although the script may have a few hiccups, we are taken on dark, realistic and sometimes violent journey into the underbelly of London (a London which looks nothing like any London seen on screen before – more like a dank suburb of Moscow than the capital of Britain) colliding with an array of unsavoury characters capable of unspeakable evils.

Under Cronenberg’s masterful direction, and with great cinematography by Peter Suschitsky framed within a subtle, athmospheric score by Howard Shore, a world of violence, loyalty, greed, licentiousness and inhumanity gradually opens its voracious mouth.

Aside from the perfection of Mortensen’s acting, great supporting performances are put in by; Armin Mueller-Stahl as the head of the crime family, a character who comes across outwardly as a saint but has the evil soul of an ogre such as Stalin; Vincent Cassel as the troubled, failed son of the mafia Don; Naomi Watts as the naive nurse who through fate’s misfortune finds herself exposed to the sickness of an underworld she knew nothing of before.

All in all, without giving away plotlines, though there may be a few minor flaws, this is a truly magnificent piece of cinema. In a less stupid world, Cronenberg and Mortensen would be shoo-ins for Oscars for their majestic work here. But alas the world is stupid as fuck and this great oeuvre will likely receive but a fraction of the merit and accolades it so richly deserves.

Download Links:

big thanks to Sam!
eastern.part1.rar

eastern.part2.rar

eastern.part3.rar

eastern.part4.rar

eastern.part5.rar

eastern.part6.rar

eastern.part7.rar

eastern.part8.rar

January 21, 2008 Posted by | Eastern Promises, OTHER_CINEMA, _OTHER, _VIDEO | Leave a comment

Eastern Promises (2007) (DVDrip)

IMDB: tt0765443/

Genre:
Crime / Drama / Thriller

Quality:
DVDrip

IMDB Rating:
8.0/10 (15,805 votes)

Language:
English


He is no driver, he is the undertaker.

From IMDB:

The mysterious and charismatic Russian-born Nikolai Luzhin is a driver for one of London’s most notorious organized crime families of Eastern European origin.

The family itself is part of the Vory V Zakone criminal brotherhood. Headed by Semyon, whose courtly charm as the welcoming proprietor of the plush Trans-Siberian restaurant impeccably masks a cold and brutal core, the family’s fortunes are tested by Semyon’s volatile son and enforcer, Kirill, who is more tightly bound to Nikolai than to his own father.

But Nikolai’s carefully maintained existence is jarred once he crosses paths at Christmastime with Anna Khitrova, a midwife at a North London hospital. Anna is deeply affected by the desperate situation of a young teenager who dies while giving birth to a baby. Anna resolves to try to trace the baby’s lineage and relatives. The girl’s personal diary also survives her; it is written in Russian, and Anna seeks answers in it. Anna’s mother Helen does not discourage her, but Anna’s irascible Russian-born uncle Stepan urges caution.

He is right to do so; by delving into the diary, Anna has accidentally unleashed the full fury of the Vory. With Semyon and Kirill closing ranks and Anna pressing her inquiries, Nikolai unexpectedly finds his loyalties divided. The family tightens its grip on him; who can, or should, he trust? Several lives – including his own – hang in the balance as a harrowing chain of murder, deceit, and retribution reverberates through the darkest corners of both the family and London itself.
Catch the trailer here;

http://www.youtube.com/v/iq_M8EOC4zA&rel=1

Mortensen as Nikolai Luzhin


This is the second consecutive movie which, by the standards of Canadian uber-director David Cronenberg’s sometimes extreme delvings into the wierdness of the world, might be termed “conventional”.

This too is the second consecutive Cronenberg movie helmed by the majestic acting talents of Viggo Mortensen, who here in his role as Nikolai Luzhin, the ice-cold hitman for a London branch of the Russian Mafia, puts in another flawless, and supremely convincing, intense performance. With his scars and numerous tatoos (which are badges of honour in the Russian underworld and which seem to be burned into the very soul of Nikolai Luzhin), and with his intense stare and perilous presence, Mortensen brings supremely to life a character steeped in violence and adherence to an ancient unbreachable code of criminal loyalty.

Mortensen went to great lengths to in prepare for the role, including travelling to Russia on a number of occasions, meeting characters in the Russian mafia and learning Russian. He is truly convincing and scary in this role but also brings a subtlety, a humanity and a multi-dimensionality to the character. There can’t be many actors out there the equal of Mortensen right now (only Johnny Depp comes to mind).

Although the script may have a few hiccups, we are taken on dark, realistic and sometimes violent journey into the underbelly of London (a London which looks nothing like any London seen on screen before – more like a dank suburb of Moscow than the capital of Britain) colliding with an array of unsavoury characters capable of unspeakable evils.

Under Cronenberg’s masterful direction, and with great cinematography by Peter Suschitsky framed within a subtle, athmospheric score by Howard Shore, a world of violence, loyalty, greed, licentiousness and inhumanity gradually opens its voracious mouth.

Aside from the perfection of Mortensen’s acting, great supporting performances are put in by; Armin Mueller-Stahl as the head of the crime family, a character who comes across outwardly as a saint but has the evil soul of an ogre such as Stalin; Vincent Cassel as the troubled, failed son of the mafia Don; Naomi Watts as the naive nurse who through fate’s misfortune finds herself exposed to the sickness of an underworld she knew nothing of before.

All in all, without giving away plotlines, though there may be a few minor flaws, this is a truly magnificent piece of cinema. In a less stupid world, Cronenberg and Mortensen would be shoo-ins for Oscars for their majestic work here. But alas the world is stupid as fuck and this great oeuvre will likely receive but a fraction of the merit and accolades it so richly deserves.

Download Links:

big thanks to Sam!
eastern.part1.rar

eastern.part2.rar

eastern.part3.rar

eastern.part4.rar

eastern.part5.rar

eastern.part6.rar

eastern.part7.rar

eastern.part8.rar

January 21, 2008 Posted by | Eastern Promises, _CINEMA, _OTHER, _VIDEO | Leave a comment