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The Promise (2017)



Critic Consensus: The Promise wastes an outstanding cast and powerful real-life story on a love triangle that frustratingly fails to engage.

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Empires fall, love survives. When Michael (Oscar Isaac), a brilliant medical student, meets Ana (Charlotte Le Bon), their shared Armenian heritage sparks an attraction that explodes into a romantic rivalry between Michael and Ana's boyfriend Chris (Christian Bale), a famous American photojournalist dedicated to exposing political truth. As the Ottoman Empire crumbles into war-torn chaos, their conflicting passions must be deferred while they join forces to get their people to safety and survive themselves. The Promise is directed by Academy Award winning filmmaker Terry George.

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Oscar Isaac
as Michael Boghosian
Christian Bale
as Chris Myers
Daniel Giménez Cacho
as Father Andreasian
Abel Folk
as Harut
Andrew Tarbet
as Pastor Merril
Armin Amiri
as Captain Ali
Marwan Kenzari
as Emre Ogan
Igal Naor
as Mesrob
Garen Boyajian
as Eric Boghosian
Kevork Malikyan
as Vartan Boghosian
Numan Acar
as Mustafa
Jean Reno
as Admiral Fournet
James Cromwell
as Ambassador Morganthau
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All Critics (161) | Top Critics (47)

Director Terry George brings to this story a special gift, honed in his Hotel Rwanda (2004), for choreographing the chaos of civil collapse, and the three stars serve him well.

April 17, 2020 | Full Review…

The first major representation of the Armenian genocide boasts solid acting but falls short of the mark by a hokey, old-fashioned romance.

November 19, 2017 | Full Review…

Terry George ... proved with Hotel Rwanda that he can tackle the wrenching subject of genocide with thrilling cinematic results. A wonderful cast adds no-fail polish.

September 5, 2017 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
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As one might expect, the horrors and the normalisation of same are deftly handled, even when the dialogue is overloaded with historical and political details.

June 14, 2017 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

It's a handsome film and George manages to keep the genocide in focus with shots of the Turks herding long lines of refugees across the desert expanses. But the full horror is kept at one remove.

June 14, 2017 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

With its sugary soft-focus, treacle-toned cinematography, over-masticated fake Turkish accents and cloying love triangle device, this is film that delivers more empty calories than historical sustenance.

April 30, 2017 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Promise

"The Promise" tells an important story. The acting and costumes are reasonably good, but it seems as if it might have been a bit watered-down -- almost like a Hallmark presentation of the Armenian genocide. It's good, but it could have been a lot better.

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Christian C

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