Some of it is hilariously awful, and some is just plain awful. But Statham’s attempt to be taken seriously as an actor is honest, at least.
Peter Bradshaw at the *Guardian*’s Film blog the other day asked, ‘Why isn’t *Salt* star Chiwetel Ejiofor up there with Russell Crowe?’ Which is an excellent question.
Movies about gangsters: You expect a lot of noise. Shouting and screaming. Barrages of gunfire. Not here. Here we have somber reflection, the lurking gray peril of an urban underbelly, shifting shifty glances and unspoken threats. ‘Eastern Promises’ is almost silent — even its title sounds like a shush.