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Child 44, 2015.
Directed by Daniel Espinosa.
A disgraced member of the military police investigates a series of nasty child murders during the Stalin-era Soviet Union.
Based on Tom Rob Smith’s 2008 novel; Child 44 proves how difficult it can be to effectively adapt such meaty material. Charting the life of Ukranian orphan Leo (Hardy) as he climbs the ranks within Soviet Russia, the story then briskly moves to him investigating a series of child murders. The film’s main idea that “there is no murder in paradise” is a compelling one and sets up the twists and turns of the story. However, the narrative is badly handled and the film plods along at a snail’s pace. There is some redemption in its final act but not enough to make up for the convoluted story that proceeds it. »
- Helen Murdoch
Tom Hardy and Gary Oldman have quite the cinematic partnership. Whether it’s Cold War dramas in Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy or venturing into the superhero mainstream for Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight Rises, the acting duo have tinkered and tailored in a variety of genres. For their latest outing, Hardy and Oldman will circle back to the Cold War for Daniel Espinosa’s adaptation, Child 44.
Lifted from the pages of Tom Rob Smith’s novel, the thriller centers on a search for sinister serial killer circa 1953. As we alluded to before, Tom Hardy will play the part of Leo Demidov, a well-respected agent who loses his badge and honor when he stands by his wife (Noomi Rapace) as she comes under question for being a traitor. With a cast list that also boasts Joel Kinnaman, Paddy Considine, Jason Clarke and Vincent Cassel, Child 44 is certainly one »
- Michael Briers
Several new wide releases couldn't knock "Furious 7" from the top spot at the domestic box office. The seventh installment in the lucrative franchise grossed another $29 million to bring domestic total to $294 million and worldwide total to $1.15 billion. It is now the seventh highest-grossing film of all time. Kevin James' "Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2" had to settle for second place during its opening weekend. The comedy earned $24 million, which is less than the $31.8 million earned by the first installment in 2009. The sequel cost $30 million to make, which means that it will easily become profitable, but currently has a disastrous 0% fresh rating on RottenTomatoes. Taking third place was the microbudget horror thriller "Unfriended," which grossed $16 million on a budget of only $1 million. It has a 64% fresh rating. Meanwhile, "True Story" drama, starring James Franco and Jonah Hill, was released in 831 theaters, but was only able to gross $1.9 million. It has a 49% fresh rating. »
It’s hard to dislike Tom Hardy as an actor. Whatever cinematic challenge he takes on, from atypically brainy blockbusters like Inception and The Dark Knight Rises to taut dramas like Bronson and Locke, he always gives it his all, digging under his character’s skins with a diligence and canniness that elevates him above possibly any other actor of his generation. Along the way, he’s found particular success in embodying strong, silent types, the kinds of men who more resemble wild animals than well-mannered gentlemen. Hardy’s characters are like caged wolves – as much as you want to reach in and pet them, you might lose your hand if you do.
In Child 44, the actor is up to his usual tricks. As Leo Demidov, a dedicated security officer tasked with cracking down on traitors in Joseph Stalin’s Soviet Union, Hardy plays another hardened man’s man, »
- Isaac Feldberg
Another weekend for Furious 7 on top and it just might be four in a row with a lackluster lineup next weekend before Avengers: Age of Ultron officially kicks off the summer season on May 1. With $29 million this weekend, Furious 7 is up to $294.4 million domestically ($1.15 billion globally) as it already became the fastest film to cross $1 billion worldwide on Friday this past week. It's also Universal's first film to ever cross $1 billion during its initial release (Jurassic Park achieved that mark in 2013 during its 3-D re-release) and it took only 17 days to do it, besting the likes of The Avengers, Avatar and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2, all of which took 19 days to join the billion dollar club. The studio was also sure to share several other milestones the film has crossed such as: Second-biggest worldwide opening of all time ($397.2 million) behind only Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2. »
- Brad Brevet
Prometheus star Noomi Rapace is set to reprise her role of Elizabeth Shaw in Ridley Scott’s upcoming sequel, but that’s not the only sci-fi flick in her near future. She’s just signed on to another, and on tap today are… Continue Reading →
The post Noomi Rapace Returns to Sci-fi Horror with Rupture appeared first on Dread Central. »
- John Squires
It's official, Dominic Cooper is set to star as Jesse Custer in AMC's pilot for their TV series adaptation of the acclaimed "Preacher" comics. Producer Seth Rogen confirmed the news a few hours ago in a tweet.
In the series, Cooper plays a conflicted preacher who merges with a creature that has escaped from heaven, giving him the ability to make anyone do anything he says. He teams with his ex-girlfriend and an Irish vampire in an effort to find where God has gone.
The story centers on a man who recovers from an assault by building a miniature World War II-era village in his backyard. [Source: Variety]
- Garth Franklin
Here are the films opening theatrically in the U.S. the week of Friday, April 17. [Synopses provided by distributor unless listed otherwise.] Wide Child 44 Director: Daniél Espinosa Cast: Tom Hardy, Noomi Rapace, Gary Oldman, Joel Kinnaman, Paddy Considine, Jason Clarke, Vincent Cassel, Fares Fares Synopsis: "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." Monkey Kingdom Director: Mark Linfield & Alastair Fothergill Synopsis: "A nature documentary that follows a newborn monkey and its mother as they struggle to survive within the competitive social hierarchy of the Temple Troop, a dynamic group of monkeys who live in ancient ruins found deep in the storied jungles of South Asia." Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 Director: Andy Fickman Cast: Kevin James, Molly Shannon, David Henrie, Raini Rodriguez, Eduardo »
- Steve Greene
The star of the Soviet thriller claims his accent was inspired by kids’ TV character The Count
The actor, who stars as a secret police agent hunting a killer, attended the premiere of the film last night, along with co-star Noomi Rapace. When asked on the red carpet about the origins of his onscreen Soviet twang, he said: “I watched Sesame Street. The Count speaks just like it”.
Related: Child 44: let's put an end to British actors adopting horrible fake foreign accents
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- Benjamin Lee
The actress fell from her horse while filming one of the movie's key scenes, and later "slumped over" during filming of another crucial scene with Matthias Schoenaerts.
Speaking on The Graham Norton Show, she explained that the health and safety team on the film were concerned about the cast filming with sheep, but let her ride a horse.
"They let me ride a horse and I did have a concussion after coming off," said Mulligan. "I was genuinely concussed for about six weeks of the filming; there are parts I don't remember!
"When we shot the last scene of the film, I came racing round the corner and got thrown off and landed on my head. Ten minutes later, we were filming the big declaration scene and I just dropped to my knees. »
Amanda Holden has denied claims that her nipples are insured for £2 million.
She said: "Allegedly they are but, no, it's not true. They're not worth a fiver each – I've had two children!"
Meanwhile, Holden described Simon Cowell's recent prank on her as "absolutely horrendous". He managed to convince her that he was replacing her with Cheryl Fernandez Versini on the Got Talent live shows during Call or Delete with Nick Grimshaw.
"He was outrageous. I was in so much shock that for once in my life I was completely gobsmacked, very polite and very professional," said Holden.
"I didn't swear and I didn't slag off Cheryl... it could have been a career ender for me.
"I took it but all I could think was, 'How am I going to walk down »
★★☆☆☆ The prospect of a drama starring Tom Hardy, Gary Oldman, Jason Clarke and Noomi Rapace based on Tom Rob Smith's bestselling novel Child 44 suggested that it would be a great film. Sadly, in the hands of Daniel Espinosa, who was responsible for the "Martin Scorsese Presents" gangster flick Easy Money, that prospect dwindles into tedium, laced with out-dated, dodgy foreign accents and sloppy narrative structure. The story opens with a quote, stating "There is no murder in paradise," a mantra handed down by Stalin and the Kremlin insisting that they have created an idyllic state, far removed from the corruption of the capitalist West, where it's impossible to consider the idea of murder.
- CineVue UK
You’re unlikely to see a more star-studded film this weekend – unless you go in for your umpteenth viewing of Furious 7, and nobody would blame you – than Child 44. Tom Rob Smith’s bestelling novel of a few years ago hits the big screens thanks to future Assassin’s Creed director Daniel Espinosa, who tells a story of child murder in Stalin-era Soviet Russia with Tom Hardy, Vincent Cassel, Noomi Rapace, and Gary Oldman as General Timur Nesterov.
After spending a good couple of decades as an “actor’s actor”, the sort of performer whose best work is done on the stage or in smaller films (whilst occasionally dipping into the mainstream to pay the bills), Oldman has comfortably settled into the Golden Middle Age of his career. His talent is universally recognised, he’s a household name, and he’s getting more work than ever.
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- Tom Baker
Rapace, a Swede who grew up in Iceland, said she didn’t find the Russian accent too tough to master: “I kind of melted into it and stopped thinking about it.”
Londoner Hardy found delivery of the Russian diction a more arduous task, however — with children’s television becoming his educator. He resorted to an accent masterclass led by a popular purple puppet: “I watched Sesame Street. The Count speaks just like it,” he quipped.
The bestseller’s author Tom Rob Smith was on home turf and joined his lead pair on the carpet to celebrate with fans. »
- Helen Jackson
Dirty Snow: Espinosa’s Ungainly Yet Enjoyable Soviet Era Mystery
Grazing lightly over the Soviet era politics of the period and featuring a handsome, gussied up cast that features a tad too many problematic instances of accented English, Swedish helmer Daniel Espinosa still manages to make an utterly watchable film out of Child 44, his second studio picture since breaking into Hollywood with 2012’s Safe House. A cadre of diverse actors from Sweden, Poland, France, Denmark, the UK, the Us, Switzerland, and more, portray period Soviets, some to better effect than others.
Based on Tom Rob Smith’s novel, the first in a trilogy, Espinosa and screenwriter Richard Price have clearly tried to retain the source material’s sprawling scope, though the film sometimes gets tripped up in its own skirt layers. Considering the richness of the material, it’s too bad that our seemingly unwavering preference for shorter running »
- Nicholas Bell
This weekend, Kevin James returns to keep our streets safe in "Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2," a group of online chat room friends are haunted by a mysterious force in "Unfriended," and the Disneynature movie "Monkey Kingdom" follows a newborn monkey and its mother as they struggle to survive in the jungles of South Asia.
Also in theaters this weekend: "Child 44" stars Tom Hardy as a disgraced member of the military police investigating a series of nasty child murders during the Stalin-era Soviet Union. Noomi Rapace, Joel Kinnaman, and Gary Oldman also star in this dramatic thriller. "True Story" follows a disgraced New York Times reporter (Jonah Hill) whose investigation of an accused killer (James Franco) morphs into a game of cat-and-mouse. In "Felix and Meira," an unusual romance blossoms between two lost souls who inhabit the same neighborhood but vastly different worlds. "The Dead Lands" follows the teenage »
- Jonny Black
Child 44 (2015) opens Friday and features one of the darkest plots of any Spring release opening wide in recent memory. Focusing on a string of unsolved child murders in soviet Russia, the grim mystery features the always-watchable Noomi Rapace as the film's female lead.
Since hitting it big with The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2009), Rapace has deservedly enjoyed a steady career in a variety of complex film roles. It's never anything but a pleasure seeing an actress of Rapace's talent at work, yet I can't help but notice that in so many of her projects, including Child 44, she is usually second fiddle to her male co-stars.
One of the few exceptions is Rapace's work alongside Rachel McAdams in Brian De Palma's sexually charged thriller, Passion (2012). After advertising executive Christine (McAdams) takes credit for an idea from her associate Isabel (Rapace), a personal and professional tug of war between the two women begins, »
- Frank Calvillo
Having trod the hallways of science fiction in Prometheus, Noomi Rapace is now headed back to the genre for Rupture, a new thriller from Secretary director Steven Shainberg.The film, which has a story by Shainberg and 30 Days Of Night’s Brian Nelson (who also wrote the final script), is being largely kept under wraps in terms of plot, but we do know a few things. Rapace will play a single mother who, struggling to raise her son alone, is abducted by a mysterious organisation. While trying to escape, she uncovers an extraordinary secret about herself. She’s a superhero! All right, so we don’t know that’s what it is. Could be, though...American Sniper producer Andrew Lazar is bringing this one to life alongside Ambi Group. More casting news is expected soon and Shainberg looking to start shooting this June.Rapace is back on our screens this coming weekend, »
In this excerpt from the Guardian Film Show Xan Brooks, Henry Barnes and Peter Bradshaw get to grips with the mangled Russian accents of a bevy of Rada-trained stars as Tom Hardy chases a serial killer across the 1950s Soviet Union. Child 44, which also stars Noomi Rapace and is based on the bestseller by Tom Rob Smith, is released in UK cinemas on Friday Continue reading »
- Xan Brooks, Henry Barnes, Peter Bradshaw, Caterina Monzani, Richard Sprenger and Andrea Salvatici
There is a telling exchange midway through Child 44 which sums up just why the film simply can’t work as the thriller it wants to be. The Soviet secret police agent “hero” Leo (Tom Hardy) discovers he and his wife Raisa (Noomi Rapace) are about to be arrested. “Do you know what happens to us now?” he asks her. “Yes, it is our turn,” she replies in an utterly fatalistic fashion. »
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