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Child 44 is a 2015 American-British mystery thriller film directed by Daniel Espinosa, written by Richard Price, and based on Tom Rob Smith's novel Child 44 (2008). The film stars Tom Hardy, Gary Oldman, Noomi Rapace, Joel Kinnaman, Paddy Considine, Jason Clarke, and Vincent Cassel. It was released on 17 April 2015.


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Child 44, based on a popular airport novel by Tom Rob Smith, is a big, dowdy, lumbering dud. It almost registers as a curiosity, an out-of-time anti-Soviet nightmare featuring many highly respected actors and which clearly cost a great deal to produce. Any expended funds shall not be recouped. The storyline is confused and labyrinthine. The advertising portrays it as the story of a child predator rampaging through a 1950s Soviet Union in which no comrade will admit murders, deemed a symptom of capitalism, ever transpire in Stalin's paradise. Except, of course, for one strong-arm secret policeman, Leo (Tom Hardy), for whom the investigation raises intense, but ultimately productive moral and political quandaries. And this is, in a way, the central thrust, but, wow, can this film move laboriously and lose focus. There are so many dour subplots, incoherent transitions, and poorly defined tensions, as if they ballooned a 90-minute picture with extraneous notes of self-importance or crudely cut a season of television down to feature length. The child murders only come to fore an hour into a film lasting a numbing, feels-even-longer 2 hours and twenty minutes, and the identity of the culprit is revealed with the grace of a particularly uninspired episode of Criminal Minds.

The gargantuan problem of storytelling and thematic opacity, as well as lax pacing, is compounded by a wildly ugly aesthetic, full of brown-on-grey medium shots and, during chase and fight sequences, disorienting editing. (It is appropriate the story is resolved with three central characters mud wrestling in what could be a pit of diarrhea.) Also rather ugly? The rogues' gallery of questionable Russian accents, with performers of many nationalities—Australian, English, French, Swedish—trying their mouthful-of-borscht best with distracting and inconsistent results, although even in a film as bad as this, Hardy remains a charismatic and imposing presence. Everyone else is either squandered or miscast.

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