Review: The Promise Print E-mail
Friday, 21 April 2017 04:20



Rating:  Z

By:  Amy Elizondo

Summary:  An Armenian medical student must fight to keep his family and the woman he loves safe from the Armenian genocide in the beginning of World War I.
The Good:  Even though this film is based on true events, I appreciated the way in which it (mostly) portrayed some of the terrible things that happened during this period.  I’m sure not all the things shown in the movie happened the way they did on the big screen, but the audience caught the gist of it and went along with everything we were shown.  Oscar Isaac (Inside Llewyn Davis, Star Wars:  The Force Awakens) is amazing as Mikael, an apothecary who wants to make a difference in his small town and become a doctor so badly, that he agrees to an arranged marriage simply to use the dowry to attend medical school.  In medical school, he meets and falls in love with Ana, played by Charlotte Le Bon (The Walk, Bastille Day), and the rest, as they say, is history.  Christian Bale (The Big Short, American Hustle) also does a fantastic job in his role as Chris Myers, an American journalist who is the long-term boyfriend of Ana.
The Bad:  This film is a love story.  Although the romantic aspect of this film is a lot subtler than I thought it would be, it is still there.  I don’t have a problem with love stories or films that contain love stories, I just don’t like when the movies try to push it down your throat in every single scene.  This movie did not do that and I was very grateful.  It can be argued that this film was a little long (134-minute run time), and this might be because of all the awful things they were trying to show.  I understand them wanting to show the bad things, but at one point it just got a little redundant.  
The Ugly:  In general, this was a great movie to watch.  It has a great story with major historical significance that not many people know about.  I think it is important to know the things of this nature that happened in the past and, love story aside, I thought this film did that very well.  Anyone who likes historical dramas will want to watch this film.  


Film In Austin’s Review Grading Scale
No Zs – A solid, outstanding movie; there wasn’t any snoozing in this movie
Z – Good movie, sometimes the story may be lacking in some area, but it’s still recommended; only fell asleep for a quarter of the movie
ZZ – Average, entertaining at parts, it may be worth seeing, but you will probably want to wait and rent it; fell asleep for half of the film
ZZZ – Very weak where entertainment, plot, realism, development and other vital elements are missing; fell asleep for a third of the movie
ZZZZ – Very poor to the point that you will only recommend for your family and friends “not to see it;” fell asleep right when the movie began and slept through the whole thing.  Well, you will wish you had spent that time sleeping



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