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
Leo is a cop in Moscow who comes across a serial killer. Most of the movie is about the challenges of being a cop in communist Russia that does not want to believe their perfect society could produce a monster and would prefer to ignore the problem, not admit to it.
I learned a lot about communist Russia in the 1950s but feel the lesson drew out the movie to a point where I just wanted to sleep.
Tom Hardy and Noomi Rapace did not electrify the screen for me, but giving some credit here, I did like Rapace's character, but I guess there was not enough for me
And I wish there was more Gary Oldman in the movie
The movie was cold and heartless, similar to what I expected Russia was like during the time, but I was able to found no connection and became bored with the twist and turns that took the movie off its original story arch
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