Maria Bello, as his beautiful wife, remains in a blissful, dazed denial about her husband's true identity, until bigger fish Ed Harris and his formidable goons move in to take Viggo out since he was once, in their opinion, a successful hit man. After all, how could an average Joe be that good with a gun? While EASTERN PROMISES director David Cronenberg sets a nice platform of slowburn suspense, reminiscent of exterior, woodsy Film Noirs like HIGH SIERRA, the good stuff i.e. our hero becoming an antihero takes too long to get happen and once it does with the 11th hour introduction of a mob boss played by a completely miscast William Hurt it's too little, too late. Although Viggo Mortensen, displaying an old school tough guy countenance (think early 70's Charles Bronson) does play the part well there's simply not enough for his true self to fight for, or against.
Based on a graphic novel, this needed to be more... enjoyably violent. But the main problem is the script, so full of ponderous clichés and drawn-out, uninteresting bouts of dialog with brooding characters talking and talking about things almost happening, or just about to happen, yet nothing really ever does.
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