This is a bit of a weird one. On the one hand it’s an interesting historical piece showcasing what Stallone did before hitting it big in Hollywood and even 50 years later it’s still a very interesting film to watch thanks to its mystical cult status. On the other, it’s aged like milk. A lot of this just doesn’t work now and I feel like the notoriety of the films content has been overblown in some aspects. It’s actually quite dull and gets a bit boring at times. It’s interesting as a historical piece but other than that don’t be expecting much of anything.
I know a lot of people prefer Legend (in a lot of ways it is the superior film) but I’ve always had a soft spot for this one because of its old school feel. It’s got a very late 80s/early 90s vibe to it and in some ways this version is even darker in tone than Legend. The Kemps do an okayish job too. If you’ve not seen this one, it’s an overlooked British gem.
Eastern Promises is a criminally underrated film which i personally think should be mentioned more when talking about crime/gangster films. Not only is it a great crime film, it is also a great character study.
Cronenbergs vision of a grimy London is great, this isn't a glossy gangster film like Goodfellas or The Godfather. All of these locations are dirty and really add to the atmosphere of the film.
All of the cast give good performances, but Viggo shines here.…
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First of all, this is not a nice film. This film features some absolutely cringe inducing scenes of violence and rape. So dont go into this film expecting it to be a fun affair...
Anyway, this is my personal story with the film. I watched it a year ago and just thought it was a good drama film. Sure, it affected me emotionally and was quite a big punch in the gut, but i felt…