Eastern Promises 

Four stars (R)

Viggo Mortensen

David Cronenburg (A History of Violence) reunites with Mortensen for an exceptional thriller that deals with a Russian driver (Mortensen) for a notorious organized crime family in London. Naomi Watts plays a midwife who stumbles into the very dangerous area. The mood is low-key, but taut, punctuated with flashes of shocking violence. The story is consistently involving, with twists and turns throughout. The superbly cast film is anchored by Mortensen, who gets brutally knocked around while stark naked in a devastating fight sequence set in a steam room. 100 minutes.

DVD INFO: Two separately packaged DVDs are available. One preserves the film in the anamorphic widescreen format, while the other hacks off nearly a third of the feature for the fullscreen (aka pan & scan) version. Shop carefully. Both versions include two making-of featurettes.

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