Viggo Mortensen, Naomi Watts, Armin Mueller-Stahl, and Vincent Cassel star in this David Cronenberg's thriller concerning a London midwife who unwittingly stumbles into a clandestine Russian sex trafficking ring. An unidentified Russian teen has been rushed to a London hospital after going into labor. Though midwife Anna Khitrova (Watts) does manage to deliver a healthy baby girl, the newborn's mother dies tragically during delivery. But the deceased mother's secrets did not die with her, because she has left behind a diary. Determined to ensure the newborn is placed with her rightful family, Anna attempts to read the diary and discovers a business card for a local restaurant therein. Upon visiting the restaurant Anna is greeted by kindly owner Semyon (Mueller-Stahl), who generously offers to translate it for her. But Semyon is not what he appears to be, and before long Anna begins to fear that the child could be in great danger. Semyon admits to Anna that the diary contains information about his son Kirill (Cassell) that could land the volatile offspring in jail despite the fact that Kirill is at heart a good person. As the truth begins to unfold and Anna begins to believe that Kirill and his driver Nikolai (Mortensen) - an ambitious driver seeking to ascent the ranks of the notorious Russian mafia - mean the baby harm, an underworld storm begins to brew that could consume all involved.~Jason Buchanan
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This is a older movie that we had not seen and was delighted when I was able to purchase it from BestBuy at a good price and my wife really enjoyed watching it and am looking forward to watching again anytime we want.
Much more gruesome than advertised. A lot of bloody scenes, and body parts being removed. Good plot, and good acting, but the strong Russian accents sometimes make it hard to understand what is being said; had to rewind a few times and turn on closed captioning. Not a "must see" movie, but maybe something for a day when you have nothing better to do with your time.
I saw this movie many years ago when it first came out and have been I recommending it to everyone since. I don't usually go back and watch movies after I've seen them but this one I bought just so I could. Viggo Mortensen and Naomi Watts were excellent.
I would recommend this to a friend
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Whether you're a fan of Viggo Mortenson or not, this is a good movie to have in your collection.