“Child 44” review:

A disgraced member of the military police investigates an array of brutal child murders in the Soviet Union during Stalins reign.

Child 44 is directed by Daniel Esponoza and stars the on screen talents of Tom Hardy, who is reunited with his The Dark Knight Rises co-star Gary Oldman and his love interest from The Drop and also in this film Namoi Rapace. Going into this film I had very high expectations. A thriller with a cast of such talent in front of and behind the camera, and to top it off based on a best selling novel written in the late 90’s. This film had to be good right? Right?

Unfortunately I was greatly disappointed by this film. It was categorized as a thriller but lacked such thrills. There wasn’t a point in this film when I was on the edge of my seat clamoring to see what was next for Leo (Hardy) and his wife Raisa (Rapace). Don’t get me wrong, I was intrigued by the tricky situation Leo is put in. To denounce his wife or to not? He is pretty much asked to lie to the faces of family members of the parents of children killed on a daily basis and becomes fed up with it. So he and his wife are shipped away. I was more intrigued by the story of two people banished and uprooted from their lives to go live in the ghetto. If that was the movie I was promised in the trailer than I would’ve been happy and pleased with Child 44. But for a movie that promised thrills and a mysterious element it really falls flat.

What do you expect? Of course Tom Hardy delivers a stellar performance per usual from him. Gary Oldman doesn’t come in until an hour in and when he and Tom Hardy are on screen together they are magical. There’s a scene in General Mikhail Nesterov’s (Oldman) home with Leo which is golden. That was the highlight of the film for me. If you really want to see this one wait for redbox you’ll thank me later.
You’ll be able to see Tom Hardy in a little film later next month called Mad Max, wait for that if you wanna see him on the big screen.


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