Sunday, April 19, 2015

Child 44 Movie Review

Tom Hardy stars in Daniel Espinosa's Child 44

A Test of Blind Obedience

IMDb Plot: A disgraced member (Tom Hardy) of the military police investigates a series of nasty child murders during the Stalin-era Soviet Union.

"There is no murder in paradise," but then again, the Soviet Union was a far cry from paradise around the time of Daniel Espinosa's Child 44, an under-the-radar thriller that sheds (an unwelcome?) light on the U.S.S.R.'s checkered past. What a shame, since it's a good movie with a stellar cast and a big budget ($50 million) but apparently no target audience (save this reviewer.) Hardy is terrific (Noomi Rapace too) but Espinosa's thriller lacks thrills, and runs long (137 minutes) with a few too many subplots. It's full of despair, but well-acted and historically relevant.