"Child 44," which costars Vincent Cassel, Noomi Rapace, and Gary Oldman, is based on Tom Rob Smith's best-selling historical novel of the same name and was, in turn, based on a series of real-life child murders committed by a man dubbed the Red Ripper (he claimed to have killed over 50 women and children). What makes the story even more compelling, of course, is that it was committed during Stalin's reign in Russia, a supposedly perfect Communist state free of messy complications like serial murders.
This poster really captures the feeling of Soviet-era Russia, with its stark design and giant star, evoking the propaganda posters from the same period, a stylization that has been evoked many times ever since, from other movie posters like "V for Vendetta" to things like Franz Ferdinand album covers. The poster goes a long way in establishing the mood and tone of "Child 44" and the time period when it's set, complete with an eerie tagline: "Those who seek truth will be silenced." Now that is moody.
In 1950s Soviet Russia, secret police agent Leo Demidov (Tom Hardy) loses everything when he refuses to denounce his wife, Raisa (Noomi Rapace) as a traitor. Finding themselves exiled to a grim provincial outpost, Leo and Raisa join forces with Gen. Mikhail Nesterov (Gary Oldman) to capture a serial killer who preys on young boys. They soon find that their investigation threatens a system-wide cover-up enforced by Vasili (Joel Kinnaman), Leo's psychopathic rival. Read More