Christian Bale

'The Promise,' an epic melodrama set during the Armenian genocide, falls frustratingly flat

'The Promise,' an epic melodrama set during the Armenian genocide, falls frustratingly flat

History is rife with horrific events that somehow manage to reveal true humanity and heroism. Many of these events are underreported, underrepresented and misunderstood, such as the Armenian genocide — the extermination of 1.5 million Armenians and other ethnic and religious minorities by the Ottoman Empire, starting in 1915.

Knowledge of this genocide isn't universal, and Turkey, the successor nation of the Ottoman Empire, still refuses to acknowledge it. The epic melodrama “The Promise,” based on these events, seeks to remedy popular understanding of the horror. It's a noble undertaking that only partially succeeds.

Written by Robin Swicord and director Terry George, “The...

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