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Set during the last days of the Ottoman Empire, The Promise follows a love triangle between Michael, a brilliant medical student, the beautiful and sophisticated Ana, and Chris - a renowned American journalist based in Paris.
Drama - This is a romantic drama set against the backdrop of the Armenian
Genocide in Turkey. Fans of Oscar Isaac and Charlotte Le Bon will
enjoy, as well as those of Christian Bale though his role is more
secondary. Language, sensuality, violence, and adult subject matter
make the film not for kids.
PROFANITY: 1 S-word; a few others. SEX/NUDITY: Brief sex without nudity. VIOLENCE: Shootings, fights, beatings with some blood. DRUGS/ALCOHOL: Frequent alcohol and tobacco. ACTION: War combat and chases. COMEDY: None.
Berardinelli, Internet CriticFull Review Good Although at times overwrought and overtly manipulative, the film as a whole is like a kick to the gut. Its depictions of brutality, unusually strong for a PG-13 production, are sufficiently graphic to bring home the tragedy of the situation on a visceral level...
Roger EbertFull Review Good The depiction of the savagery inflicted on Armenia is bracing. George is determined to make his story as much about the dead as about the fictional survivors. It's in that respect that "The Promise” earns its unsettling honor.
Rolling StoneFull Review Average ...the impediments to true love become the story instead of fading, as they should, into the background. The actors do what they can to keep their heads above the sudsy script. No go. It's distressing to see a great subject go wrong in the right hands.
Slant MagazineFull Review Below Average The Promise simply turns this historical tragedy into mere background noise for a flimsy romantic triangle. And by failing to satisfyingly fill in the characters involved in that triangle, the film becomes unbelievable only as a missed opportunity.
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OPINION OVERVIEW The following is the original "What's Worth
Watching" write-up for this movie.
Based on a theater exit polling of 18 moviegoers:
For some reason this movie didn't draw much of an audience. At our prime time showing, there were only two other moviegoers. Fortunately, the small number of reviews collected clearly show that moviegoers really enjoyed "The Promise," with a very large percentage indicating that they loved it.