Eastern Promises: My new film of the year

So Control only got to be my film of the year for a few weeks (like buses, there’s dross for months and then two great films come along in a matter of weeks) to be replaced by David Cronenberg’s new thriller, Eastern Promises, which is set amongst the Russian gangster class of contemporary London. Excitingly (for me at least) a lot of the exteriors were shot round Hackney with the opening shot featuring the Joy Tandoori, our local curry house, on fashionable Broadway market. By way of a warning to the squimish it does feature several scenes of extreme visceral violence (which are quite amazing) but if you liked A History of Violence then you’re in for a real treat and yet again Viggo Mortensen is outstanding.

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