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Review: The Promise

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.
Release: April 21, 2017 | Runtime: 133 minutes | Rated: PG-13
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The Promise is a romantic drama that takes place during World War 1.

It's a very drawn out movie but it does - for the most part focus on Oscar Issac's character, Miguel, and his love interest, Ana, played by Charlotte Le Bon. Another familiar face is Christian Bale who plays a journalist and Ana's long time boyfriend. The story tells the journey of these three to make it to safety and flee from Turkey. The movie gets a little bit ridiculous at times - but it's Hollywood so that's expected, and it's possible these things actually do happen in real life.

This movie was pretty heartbreaking to watch - I think this is a very important part of history and the persecution of the Armenian people is not one to be taken lightly. That being said - this had humor and some fun parts to break up the general feeling of sadness. I liked the movie and was invested in the characters and relationships. If you liked Hotel Rwanda I think you will enjoy this film as well.

AshleyK Ashley K. (Contributor) is a frequent traveler currently living in San Diego. She's a super nerd who enjoys all kinds of movies and doesn't always think the book was better.
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Rating: 2.5 out of 5


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