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Child 44 (2015)

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A disgraced member of the Russian military police investigates a series of child murders during the Stalin-era Soviet Union.

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Daniel Espinosa

Writers:

Richard Price (screenplay), Tom Rob Smith (novel)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Xavier Atkins ... Young Leo Demidov
Mark Lewis Jones ... Tortoise
Tom Hardy ... Leo Demidov
Joel Kinnaman ... Vasili
Fares Fares ... Alexei Andreyev
Karel Dobrý ... Photographer
Noomi Rapace ... Raisa Demidov
Agnieszka Grochowska ... Nina Andreyeva
Petr Vanek ... Fyodor
Jana Stryková ... Mara
Jason Clarke ... Anatoly Tarasovich Brodsky
Ursina Lardi ... Zina Gubinova
Michael Nardone ... Semyon Okun
Jemma O'Brien Jemma O'Brien ... Elena Okun
Lottie Steer ... Tamara Okun
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Storyline

Based on the first of a trilogy by Tom Rob Smith and set in the Stalin era of the Soviet Union. The plot is about an idealistic pro-Stalin security officer who decides to investigate a series of child murders in a country where supposedly this sort of crime doesn't exist. The state would not hear of the existence of a child murderer let alone a serial killer. He gets demoted and exiled but decides, with just the help of his wife, to continue pursuing the case. Written by Arnold

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Rated R for violence, some disturbing images, language and a scene of sexuality | See all certifications »

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Country:

Czech Republic | UK | USA | Russia

Language:

English | Russian

Release Date:

17 April 2015 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Crímenes ocultos See more »

Filming Locations:

Prague, Czech Republic See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$50,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$621,812, 17 April 2015, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$1,206,135, 10 May 2015

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$12,951,093, 27 October 2015
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2.35 : 1
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One of two espionage and/or red curtain suspense films that actor Gary Oldman has appeared in since his Academy Award Best Actor Oscar nomination for playing George Smiley in John le Carré's Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011) spy movie around five years earlier. The two feature films are Criminal (2016) and Child 44 (2015). See more »

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When Leo confronts Raisa and she gets a closeup, you can actually see that Noomi Rapace wears green contact lenses to obscure that she has brown eyes. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Tortoise: Your father?
Young Leo Demidov: [yes]
Tortoise: Dead?
Young Leo Demidov: [yes]
Tortoise: What's your name?
Young Leo Demidov: I don't want it any more.
Tortoise: I'll give you a new one. Leo. Like a lion.
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Queen of Spades - OP. 68 - Ja Vas Ljublju
Written by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (as Pyotr Il'yich Tchaikovsky)
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Bad novels make bad movies - don't waste your time
5 November 2015 | by phd_travelSee all my reviews

This movie is a disaster. It's grim story about how the mistreatment of Ukranians mixed badly with a serial killer story.

The varying degrees of Russian accents mix together badly and a lot of the dialog ends up incomprehensible. It would have been better that everyone didn't try to fake an accent than for them to have some exaggerated accents (like Tom Hardy's) and some faint accents (the rest). Make a movie about the Ukrianian serial killer and keep it true story. That may have worked.

There are some incongruous characters. The villain played by Joel Kinnaman seems evil for no reason. Very fake and contrived. Noomi Rapace doesn't look or sound Russian at all. Strange choice.

Don't bother with this long and dreary nonsense.


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