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The Promise - 2017

The Promise - 2017
Starring:
Christian Bale, Oscar Isaac and Charlotte LeBon


Rated: PG-13 for thematic material including war atrocities, violence and disturbing images, and for some sexuality.
Reviewed by: Audralee  
Release date: April 21, 2017 Released by: Open Road Films

With World War I as a backdrop, during the events of the horrific genocide of the Armenian people, this movie had potential. This controversial event in history would have made for great film. A historical piece about three individuals traversing this war torn era and living these atrocities, except this film isn't that. There's an inappropriate and confusing love triangle that pervades this film and rears its head at the most inopportune moments. 

This forced romance between Armenian medical student, Mikeal, and french raised Armenian woman, Ana, feels slapped in there, and her current lover, french based journalist, Chris, is forced in to fit this triangle love affair they failed to bring to life. It's boring and painful to watch these awkward attempt at a love triangle, and the movies need to constantly bring it up to the  spotlight amid flashes of generic war shots, is tasteless.

No discernible plot can be fished up from this train wreck of a film. It feels like several films were stitches together because no one could agree on what direction to take it. It feels poorly researched and halfhearted, as if someone thought a war time love story would enough to captivate the viewers. The characters fall flat, and the few scenes with the potential to gets viewers invested in these characters gets thrown out when the poorly played out romance gets shoved into the spotlight.

Honestly Christian Bale's stand alone scenes as a journalist seeking the truth of the Armenian genocide were the only interesting things about the film.

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