Few filmmakers have shaped the horror genre quite like Canadian director David Cronenberg. It doesn’t matter whether it’s “The Fly”, “Videodrome”, “Scanners” or “Dead Zone”: anyone who deals with horror films should have seen these works. Cronenberg has tried his hand at the mafia genre with Deadly Promises, now available to download on Amazon Prime Video – and delivered a brutal thriller with great actors and an unforgettable fight scene in the sauna!
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Any help comes too late for the 14-year-old prostitute Tatiana (Sarah-Jeanne Labrosse) – the seriously injured girl dies in the hospital. The doctors still managed to save the baby in her womb. Nurse Anna Khitrova (Naomi Watts) takes the diary of the dead to look for a contact address for relatives. She comes across the address of a Russian restaurant.
Its owner Semyon (Armin Mueller-Stahl) initially takes care of Anna as a father. She has no idea what sinister circles she has fallen into. Semyon is one of the masterminds of London’s Vory V Zakone, the Russian mafia. His impulsive son Kirill (Vincent Cassel) is responsible for the bloody operational business, protected by the hypothermic Nikolai (Viggo Mortensen), the family’s chauffeur and problem solver. Anna’s life is in danger…
If the organized crime milieu is a little too rough for you, however, you could be satisfied with Sean Penn’s dropout drama “Into the Wild”, which is now also available as a subscription to Amazon Prime. The true story of Christopher McCandless, who decided in 1990 to leave civilization to go into the wilderness, is not only excellent because of its famous pictures, but also because of a great Emile Hirsch in the leading role.
After completing his studies with top marks, Christopher (Emile Hirsch) decides against tackling his bright professional future. The young man is not interested in indulging in such superficial things. Instead, he’s driven by ideal values that his wealthy parents just don’t live up to. Chris is certain: he has to break out and go out into the world.
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In the summer of 1990, after donating all his life savings, he embarks on a journey across the United States to find himself. His path takes him through California, the Grand Canyon, Mexico, Washington State and finally to Alaska, where he only wants to survive in the inhospitable wasteland with the means that nature gives him. What seems very romantic for a long time becomes life-threatening…
This is a re-release of an article previously published on DashFUN.
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