Eastern Promises

Movie review by S. Jhoanna Robledo, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 18+

Compelling but brutal mafia film for adults only.

R 2007 100 minutes

Parents say

age 15+

Based on 6 reviews

Kids say

age 16+

Based on 5 reviews

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age 17+

Truly amazing film, but full of adult content (referencing: sex/rape, drugs, violence, language, etc.)

Though incredibly moving and well-done (And a must-see for film lovers), it is full of adult content, and even so, has some difficult topics shown. While not exactly shown, rape is indicated throughout, as well as drug use (heroin) through forced usage. All of that is part of, and due to, the sex-trafficking of the young girl (child) who’s death begins the story. Throughout the whole film, there’s violence of various types (not any gore, but mostly gun and knife violence, as well as physical fights and beatings) and a lot of bad language. It’s a story based around the Russian mafia in Europe and their involvement in various illegal prospects including the drug trade, sex trafficking and prostitution, and hit men/murders. There’s sex scenes between the lead characters and prostitutes, forced sex and submission of a child (14-yr old), violence throughout, and the mirroring storyline following behind a detective and her case where she attempts to uncover those responsible for various murders and other gang related involvements. Dead bodies are shown in addition to all the language, violence, and sex; as well as the drug use and rape that’s insinuated more than shown. Probably not appropriate for young teens (and definitely not children), as well as anyone triggered by drug usage, sexual assault, kidnapping, or anything else referenced or shown in the film. Still a great movie and groundbreaking performance from Viggo Mortensen

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age 17+

Tour de Force

This movie redefines intensity and gives an amazing portrayal of the brutality within the Russian mafia. I suggest this movie to those that can appreciate the movie as a work of art.

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