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The Promise


A Stunning Story and Remarkable Production

Genre: Drama
MPAA Rating: PG-13
thematic material including war atrocities, violence and disturbing images, and some sexuality
Studio: Open Road Films
Runtime: 133 minutes
Our Rating:
Directed by: Terry George
Cast: Charlotte Le Bon, Oscar Isaac, Christian Bale, Angela Sarafyan
Review by Diana Saenger


The Promise, another film based on a true story,was so captivating I saw it twice. It's about the war between the Turks and the Armenians right before WW1. Mikael Boghosian (Oscar Isaac) wants to attend medical school in Constantinople. His family has no way to pay for that,so Mikael agrees to marry Maral (Angela Sarafyan)so he can collect her dowry to pay for his school.


Charlotte Le Bon, Christian Bale

Once there Mikael finds his uncle, meets new friends and their friends. He also meets Anna (Charlotte Le Bon), and the two have an instant chemistry together. However, Anna is married to Chris Myers (Christian Bale). He's an American journalist dead set on getting the scoop on this for-sure upcoming war. In addition to having little time with Anna, he also drinks too much no matter how often she asks him to stop.


Charlotte Le Bon, Oscar Isaac, Christian Bale

There are love affairs, deals made and broken, and then the film escalates to the war itself. Both countries are on target for horrific loses of lives as the war begins.It spreads quickly leaving families, children and fighters dead along the roads. The world these citizens knew would never be the same again.

Directed by Academy Award-winning filmmaker Terry George with nominations for co-writer of Hotel Rwanda, In The Name of the father and The Boxer (both starring Daniel Day-Day Lewis) George will hopefully be remembered at 2017 Oscar Time for an unbelievable production.

It’s hard to watch, but George’s teams; Production Design by Benjamin Fernandez, Film Editing by Steven Rosenblum, Cinematography by Javier Aguirresarbobe (filmed in several countries) and many more keep the audience glued to every minute of the film. The many hills and roads that the Armenians scramble to only to have the Turks right behind them, along with the beautiful city scenes are an incredible asset to this true story.

The title The Promise can fit to several elements in this film. Oscar Isaac, Christian Bale, Charlotte Le Bon and the main actors excel in bringing their characters to life as if we were sitting on a hill taking it all in.

Who Should Go: fans of drama, history and incredible productions.

Photo Credits: Open Road Films

Recommended Audience:
Fans of drama, history, and incredible productions