Child 44

2015

Action / Crime / Drama / Thriller

30
Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Rotten 26%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Spilled 43%
IMDb Rating 6.5 10 54888

Synopsis


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Cast

Tom Hardy as Leo Demidov
Joel Kinnaman as Vasili
Noomi Rapace as Raisa Demidov
Vincent Cassel as Major Kuzmin
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927.40 MB
1280*720
English
R
23.976 fps
2hr 17 min
P/S 11 / 94
2.05 GB
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English
R
23.976 fps
2hr 17 min
P/S 5 / 41

Movie Reviews

Reviewed by Andrew Gold 5 / 10

There is greatness here, muddled by inconsistency and superfluous subplots.

This is a movie I've kept my eye on ever since it was revealed. Tom Hardy and Gary Oldman are two of my favorite working actors, and having them co-lead a Russian serial killer film seemed like a slam dunk. Unfortunately, Child 44 is not the slam dunk it could have been. It has the talent, it has the story (based on the best-selling novel); all the ingredients necessary for greatness are there. But it also has a plethora of baggage that bogs it down to mediocrity.

Tom Hardy is the star of the film through and through. It's a story about his family life and professional life clashing over the case of a dead child. The officials want to pass it off as a train accident, but witnesses swear that it was a homicide. As more and more bodies start turning up and the higher-ups continue to look away, it's up to Hardy to find the killer and bring him to justice. Again, the acting in this film is great, as is the story. The problem is the way it's presented. Half of the movie is focused on the serial killer angle and Hardy's character going through the loops of finding the right person to help him on the case, and the other half is about Soviet officials exiling his family and stripping him of power for his disobedience. The way these stories intertwine is messy and confusing, for a number of reasons.

For starters, the tone is all over the place. What should be a dark, gloomy mystery among the cold streets of Soviet Russia ends up as a haphazardly arranged domestic dispute due to political interference with a child murderer lurking around somewhere. There's no time for momentum to build when it's constantly changing course. Gary Oldman being billed a co-lead is a huge stretch. He's in the movie for about 20 minutes total and his character doesn't do much to further the story. Mind you, it's Gary Oldman so he gives a fine performance, but as someone who was looking forward to Hardy and Oldman sharing the scene for two plus hours, I was disappointed to say the least.

And then there's the practical aspect. Hardy and Oldman are accent chameleons, there's no doubt about that. I didn't even know Oldman was British until I saw him in an interview. But why on earth are these Russian soldiers speaking to each other in English? For a wider audience no doubt, but it's such a basic matter of common sense that it bugged me continuously throughout the film. It's also far too long. A serial killer hunt stretched over the course of two hours and 15 minutes is exhausting. The tension becomes less and less dire as the movie progresses until you're just waiting for it to end.

Child 44 isn't a bad movie, but its flaws are glaring. It's not the dark, edgy thriller you'd expect. In fact, to call it a thriller would be a misnomer. Child 44 is a tone-deaf political drama filled to the brim with wasted potential.

Reviewed by matttrose 10 / 10

Do a great film justice & pay to watch it!

Excellent, excellent film. How "Furious 7" received such great reviews and this film did not is beyond me. Definitely pay to watch it. Do a great film justice and don't let it die with Furious pissing on its grave.

44 Child makes you actually feel as if you were transported back to soviet Russia and gives you the feeling of helpless in an unjust government. It was banned from Russia for a reason. Tom Hardy gives an excellent performance and you find yourself feeling sympathy yet cheering for the success of this man who appears emotionless towards acts of monstrous brutalities and a moral compass.

Reviewed by dandbone 8 / 10

Old school movie

Old school cinema is a lot like classical painting. Not too much abstraction, just life as it is. For people born in our times it's hard to understand the Nazi Germany or the Stalinist Soviet Union. It was a time when a country's leaders contemplated genocide the same way accountants today contemplate massive layoffs.

The movie is about the adventures of a war hero who finds that searching for the truth about the murder of a child happens not only to contradict what was politically correct for the communists but also to put his and his wife's life in danger. I'm not going to detail much the story, because it's one of the best parts of the movie. It also has a lot of action and shooting, as one would expect from an American movie.

There is also proper character development for people looking for that, as the main characters change and become other people at the end of the adventure. And it's a very dark adventure with many cliffhangers, shot in very dark colors as one would expect in a Soviet Union seen through American eyes. In contrast, the very few Soviet movies I watched seemed much happier and brighter.

There is an interesting message the movie seems to send. It says that it is people's duty to do good despite idiot politicians and it can be done either at great personal danger by contradicting the propaganda, or much easier by being creative and finding a way to dress nicely the offending initiative. This is what in capitalism is called good salesmanship.

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