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Child 44 2015

  • Daniel Espinosa
  • April 17, 2015
  • 137 mins
  • English
  • Thriller, Crime
How do you find a killer who doesn’t exist?
Set in Stalin-era Soviet Union, a disgraced MGB agent is dispatched to investigate a series of child murders -- a case that begins to connect with the very top of party leadership.


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Unfortunately this felt really rushed. It would have made a great limited or mini-series. There was just too much ground to cover from the excellent book.

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The most underrated movie of this decade. It isn't prefect, has its holes in the plot, but nonetheless a masterful depiction of the soviet society.

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You'd think this was the worst movie ever made if you believe the critics. They liked Tom Hardy and Noomi Rapace but hated every single other thing about the film. 25% on Rotten Tomatoes. Well I'll admit the film has its flaws, but hell I've seen waaaay worse movies. In terms of 2015 films, I'd certainly rate it higher than, for example, Jurassic World or Minions. The bad: As others have noted, the film become a bit muddled in the second half, and the romance/change of heart is never really justified, and it does go through the mechanics of a standard thriller to some extent. However, none of these are crippling flaws in my opinion. The good: Tom freaking Hardy. You could legitimately argue the man is the best actor on the planet right now. He is great in this. The rest of the cast is good too, especially Rapace. The gritty, grimy atmosphere of Soviet Russia is well evoked with vivid cinematography, and the music score is very good. The film held my attention and I was invested and am glad I ignored the reviews and watched it.

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