‘The Promise’ Tries to tell a good story but it fails miserably
Films are a good medium for historical events. When done the right way they can tell a gripping story. The Promise takes a moment in history told from a different perspective, one I had never heard of before. I was able to see it early and here is what I thought of it.
You can read the plot for The Promise here:
Brilliant medical student Michael (Oscar Isaac) meets beautiful dance instructor Ana (Charlotte Le Bon) in late 1914. Their shared Armenian heritage sparks an attraction that explodes into a romantic rivalry between Michael and Ana’s boyfriend (Christian Bale), an American photojournalist who’s dedicated to exposing the truth. As the Ottoman Empire crumbles into war-torn chaos, their conflicting passions must be deferred as they join forces to get themselves and their people to safety.
The Promise is not that good of a film. It tries hard to tell an amazing story, but ends up falling flat. The main reason for this is that the film is slow and boring pretty much throughout. It is also pretty predictable which really hurt it in my eyes. There is only one moment that took me by surprise, for an over 2 hour movie that is not a good thing. The cast does the best they can, but nothing they did could save this film. No matter how hard it tries this movie just couldn’t tell this story the right way. If you want to learn more about The Promise click on this website.
The Promise gets 4/10. This movie is trying to tell a good story, and I was glad to hear it. I just wish it was told better. The plot is slow and really not that exciting. The film has a good score and sets that fit the era nicely. Some people may like it, but I wouldn’t recommend it.