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Summit Entertainment and Lionsgate have announced the details for the Blu-ray release of thriller Child 44. Directed by Daniel Espinosa (Safe House), the film stars Tom Hardy (Mad Max: Fury Road), Gary Oldman (The Dark Knight Rises), Noomi Rapace (The Drop), Vincent Cassel (Black Swan), Jason Clarke (Terminator Genisys) and Joel Kinnaman (Suicide Squad) and is set for release on August 4th in the States.
After a friend’s son is found dead, Soviet secret-police officer Leo Demidov (Hardy) suspects his superiors are covering up the truth. When Leo dares to raise questions, he is demoted and exiled to a provincial outpost with his wife (Rapace). There, Leo soon discovers other mysterious deaths with similar circumstances and convinces his new boss (Oldman) that a deranged serial killer is on the loose-and must be stopped before he strikes again in this electrifying thriller.
Special Features will include:
-Reflections of History” featurette »
- Scott J. Davis
Icelandic filmmaker Baltasar Kormákur splashed onto the international scene in the early aughts with films like “101 Reykjavík,” “Hafið,” “A Little Trip to Heaven,” and while Hollywood’s embraced him fully—see the mainstream crime thrillers “2 Guns” and “Contraband”— neither has demonstrated much auteurist vision. It’s the classic dilemma, a talented and coveted international director makes a big splash, but when they get to Hollywood, they are sucked into some fairly generic scripts and thus generate some fairly generic movies (see the problem that Swedish “Easy Money” filmmaker Daniel Espinosa has found himself in after what seemed like a promising start in Hollywood). But with Universal’s mountain climbing thriller, “Everest,” Kormákur just might find his way back on track. The movie’s cast is epic and its very much an ensemble film that includes Jason Clarke, Josh Brolin, John Hawkes, Robin Wright, Michael Kelly, Sam Worthington, Keira Knightley, »
- Edward Davis
Boston may be strong, but as it turns out something was too powerful for the upcoming film about the Boston Marathon bombing. The film, which follows the aftermath of the attack and how the city banded together, will need to be stout itself in order to overcome this problem. Boston Strong is now without a director. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Daniel Espinosa, who had been attached to direct the film, has now parted ways with the project over "creative differences." There.s no additional information about exactly what those differences are. Espinosa has been having a rough time of late, his most recent film, Child 44, has had a fairly disappointing run so far. He also recently switched talent agencies. The move appears to have been his choice, but the reasons behind it are also unknown. It.s very possible that Espinosa simply has a lot going on in »
Creative differences were cited as the reason for the split, though no details were available as to what those differences entailed. Espinosa, who broke out with 2010’s Easy Money and went on to helm action hit Safe House, has been going through a rough patch lately; Child 44 was reportedly a monster to tackle in the editing room, and even with extensive post-production work, it became a high-profile disappointment for Lionsgate.
Boston Strong, which The Fighter scribes Eric Johnson and Paul Tamasy originally adapted from the book of the same name by Casey Sherman and Dave Wedge, focuses on the manhunt for bombing suspects Dzhokhar and Tamerlan Tsarnaev in the immediate aftermath of a devastating attack during the 2013 Boston Marathon, and how the »
- Isaac Feldberg
Arms and the Dudes
"The Hangover" filmmaker Todd Phillips has used his Instagram account to post the first photos from his upcoming feature "Arms and the Dudes". Jonah Hill and Miles Teller star in the project about a Miami-based small business who bid on U.S. military contracts and started raking in big money.
The film tells of the aftermath of the attack which left dozens permanently injured, and how the city came together to heal itself. Espinosa is coming off the period Soviet drama "Child 44" which has had a disastrous run so far in cinemas. [Source: THR]
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- Garth Franklin
Boston turned out to be too strong for Daniel Espinosa. The director, who is coming off the major box office disappointment of Child 44, has fallen off of Boston Strong, the drama based around the events of the Boston Marathon bombings. "Creative differences" is the reason cited for the departure, according to sources, although it is unclear what those were. But the Swedish filmmaker, who also directed the Denzel Washington-Ryan Reynolds hit Safe House, has been going through career turbulence of late. Child 44, a period Soviet drama starring Tom Hardy, cost over $30 million to make, but only
- Borys Kit
Though he broke out with "Easy Money" and garnered a lot of attention from Hollywood, one could argue that Daniel Espinosa hasn't really lived up to his Next Hot Thing status. "Safe House" was a forgettable action flick, and this spring's star-studded "Child 44" was a complete bomb, but miraculously not a huge loss for Lionsgate, thanks to some smart accounting. So perhaps it's not a surprise that the director has set up an upcoming project in Sweden. Read More: Review: 'Child 44' Starring Tom Hardy, Noomi Rapace, Gary Oldman, And Joel Kinnaman Screen Daily reports that Espinosa will helm a new adaptation of Vilhelm Moberg’s novel "The Emigrants." Cinephiles will know that Jan Troell made a wonderfully received 1971 movie based on the same material (it earned four Academy Award nominations including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actress, and Best Adapted Screenplay), but maybe there's room for improvement? »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Daniel Espinosa (Child 44) is set to adapt Vilhelm Moberg's acclaimed novel The Emigrants for major Scandinavanian distributor and financier Svensk. The Emigrants tells the story of Kristina and her husband Karl-Oskar, who emigrate from Sweden to America in the 1850s. Determined to flee poverty, religious persecution, and social oppression, they head across the Atlantic in search of a better life. An earlier adaptation was made in 1971 by Jan Troell was nominated for… »
Details of the project were announced at the annual press conference held in Cannes by Swedish regional fund Film Väst.
The Emigrants tells the story of Kristina and her husband Karl-Oskar, who emigrate from Sweden to America in the 1850s. Determined to flee poverty, religious persecution, and social oppression, they head across the Atlantic in search of a better life.
An earlier adaptation of EspinoVilhelm Moberg’s acclaimed novel was made in 1971 by revered director Jan Troell that was nominated for five Academy Awards and won a Golden Globe for Best Foreign Language Film.
The Emigrants will be scripted by Petter Skavlan (Kon Tiki.) It is to be produced by Fredrik Wikström Nicastro at Svensk Filmindustri, and co-produced by Film Väst. Shooting is scheduled to begin in 2017, in the Västra Götaland region of western Sweden.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Geoffrey Macnab)
One of the more interesting looking films going into the year was "Child 44," a film adaptation of the acclaimed 2008 novel. Tom Hardy, Gary Oldman and Noomi Rapace starred in the film about a soldier in 1950s Soviet Union who tracks a serial child killer, at the same time facing a communist bureaucracy that would not acknowledge such a ghoul could exist in its midst.
Unfortunately it may leave 2015 with a less ignominious title - as one of the year's biggest bombs. The Daniel Espinosa-directed film opened on 510 screens on April 17th and raked in a woeful $622,000. Things did not improve in the second week, the film dropping 67% on the same number of screens.
Now Deadline reports that the film's release has been shrunk to just 24 screens, and its $3.3 million worldwide total so far is disastrous for a film that cost over $50 million. Reviews haven't been a saving grace »
- Garth Franklin
Filmmaking for grown-ups is so scarce these days that it’s tempting to grade Daniel Espinosa’s bleak, bone-crunching thriller Child 44 on a curve: Tom Hardy plays dutiful secret police agent Leo Demidov, who stomps around Stalinist Russia looking to solve a series of grisly child murders that the government would prefer to keep unsolved. A former underling who’s clawed his way to the top (Joel Kinnaman) and a wife who just may be a traitor to her country (Noomi Rapace) complicate his increasingly thorny mission. The picture, adapted by Richard Price from Tom Rob Smith’s 2008 novel, has a chilly little soul to go along with its muted, greenish-sepia color palette. This is a dignified piece of filmmaking, and one that uses brutality to great effect — a »
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
James Wan’s Furious 7 continued defending its position this weekend as the year’s first blockbuster as it earned $29.1 million, winning the box office for the third weekend in a row. The feature also widened its lead as the highest grossing film of 2015 to date, earning more than 2014’s fourth place finisher Captain America: The Winter Soldier in the process.
However, the film was joined by two newcomers in the top 10, as the comedy sequel Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 and the horror feature Unfriended finished in second and third place respectively. Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2, the sequel to the 2009 Kevin James vehicle, took in $24 million, while Unfriended finished with $16 million to round out the top three. The two were joined in the top ten by fellow newcomer Monkey Kingdom, as the Disney documentary took in $4.7 million to finish in seventh place.
Last week’s second, third, and »
- Deepayan Sengupta
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
At a time when the box office is dominated by popcorn pics, the failure of “Child 44″ is a perfect example of the challenges facing movies geared toward adult audiences.
The moody thriller about the search for a serial killer in Soviet Russia earned a paltry $600,000 domestically in its opening weekend and a meager $2.1 million internationally. That does not bode well for a film that cost nearly $50 million to produce.
A movie that offers up plenty of Russian accents, pre-Perestroika official corruption and a high preteen body count is a difficult sell in any circumstances, but in this case, nothing seemed to break “Child 44’s” way.
“When you’re spending $50 million on an adult drama, you have to be sure you have the right pieces in place to pull it off,” said Jeff Bock, an analyst with Exhibitor Relations. “In this day and age, if it’s not produced »
- Brent Lang and Dave McNary
Dear Lord, what happened here? Can one file criminal charges against a film that wastes this good a cast and premise? Child 44, directed by Daniel Espinosa and scripted by Richard Price, is based on Tom Rob Smith’s acclaimed novel, which itself was based on a series of shocking real-life murders in the Soviet Union committed between 1978 and 1990. This fictionalized variation transplants the crimes into the paranoid, industrial hellscape of Stalin’s Ussr, and it comes with loads of historical and sociopolitical context. So much ambition. So little competence. The investigation into “the Ripper of Rostov,” here called “the Wolf of Rostov,” has already inspired one terrific work of art, Chris Gerolmo's 1995 HBO film Citizen X, starring Steven Rea and Donald Sutherland — still one of the best TV movies I’ve ever seen. Engrossing and claustrophobic, Gerolmo's film portrayed the single-minded determination of a forensic investigator (Rea) as »
- Bilge Ebiri
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 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
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