• Child 44 (2015)

Child 44

Release Date: April 17th, 2015

DVD Release Date: August 4th, 2015

R |2 hr 17 min

Plot Summary

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.

Cast: Tom Hardy, Gary Oldman, Noomi Rapace, Joel Kinnaman, Paddy Considine, Fares Fares, Jason Clarke, Vincent Cassel

Director: Daniel Espinosa

Genres: Thriller , Mystery

Production Co: Scott Free Productions

Distributors: Lionsgate Films

Keywords: Wife, Brooding, Revenge, 1950s, Office, Intense, Investigation, Mystery, Murder, Dark

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Ratings & Reviews

  • 30
    James RocchiTheWrap

    Director Daniel Espinosa’s Child 44 turns a best-selling period-piece procedural into a slow, tedious thriller almost totally devoid of thrills. While the cast is full of exemplary performers — Tom Hardy, Gary Oldman, Noomi Rapace, Joel Kinnaman and more — the fault here is not in the stars, but in the material. show more

  • 50
    Screen International

    Ultimately, the impression remains that Child 44 either needed to be much longer to let all the different elements breathe or much more tightly focused to let the murder manhunt dominate. show more

  • 50
    Jordan MintzerThe Hollywood Reporter

    This $50 million Ridley Scott production does benefit from strong performances and a few worthy scenes that director Daniel Espinosa (Safe House) pulls off with an effective amount of grit. Yet the movie doesn’t really captivate the way it should, and as the manhunt stretches on it actually diminishes in suspense, ultimately overstaying its two-plus-hour running time. show more

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