Child 44

Child 44

Child 44

Crime mystery set in Stalin-era Soviet Union where a child murderer runs free, pursued by a disgraced member of the military police. Stars Tom Hardy (The Dark Knight Rises), Noomi Rapace (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo), Gary Oldman (Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy) and Charles Dance (The Imitation Game).

In 1953 Soviet Russia, the film chronicles the crisis of conscience for secret police agent Leo Demidov (Hardy), who loses status, power and home when he refuses to denounce his own wife, Raisa (Rapace), as a traitor. Exiled from Moscow to a grim provincial outpost, Leo and Raisa join forces with General Mikhail Nesterov (Oldman) to track down a serial killer who preys on young boys. Their quest for justice threatens a system-wide cover-up enforced by Leo’s psychopathic rival Vasili (Kinnaman), who insists “There is no crime in Paradise.”

2015Rating: MA15+, Strong themes and violence131 minsCzech Republic, UK, Romania, USA
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Variety

Variety

Plays like a curious relic of an earlier Cold War mindset...

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Total Film

Total Film

Hardy is immaculate as Leo, from accent to demeanour.

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Time Out

Time Out

A striking example of how a single, wrongheaded choice can doom an entire movie.

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The Telegraph

The Telegraph

When it finally gets going, it becomes gloweringly compelling, shored up by its strong supporting players, handsome photography and sheer, clanking momentum.

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The Dissolve

The Dissolve

It’s a wash, starting with a Europudding assemblage of performers of all nationalities besides Russian.

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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

This $50 million Ridley Scott production does benefit from strong performances...

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Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

This overwrought thriller is a pedestrian period piece that squanders its potential.

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