Child 44 (2015) – How do you find a killer who doesn’t exist?

Cert: 15

Drama Thriller

Rated R for violence,some disturbing images, language and a scene of sexuality

Director: Daniel Espinosa

Stars: Tom Hardy, Gary Oldman, Noomi Rapace

Courtesey of IMDB
Courtesy of IMDB

Leo Deminov (Tom Hardy ) a Russian security officer finds himself in a bit of a pickle when he refuses to disown his wife Raisa Deminov ( Noomi Rapace) who is accused of treason. Leo and his wife are sent away , demoted he decides that he can solve a series of child murders that have occurred  across the Soviet Union.

“Child 44” is based on a 2008 novel by Tom Rob Smith. A dark moody thriller that suits Tom Hardy. In this movie he demonstrates his Russian accent . not bad at all even if I say so myself…may even sound better with a few shots of vodka, His deliverance all round was impressive, alongside Noomi Rapace who equally got enough punches thrown at her as well as delivering them.

Child 44 does not spare us from the gruesome visual blood spluttering scenes nor the language even with a Russian accent. This is an adult movie for hardcore Tom Hardy fans.very different from ‘Locke’ or ‘The Drop’. both these films did not meet my expectations of this fine thespian.

The Russians may not appreciate or  want to see the worst of their past portrayed in this thriller, as they believed that “There is no murder in paradise”  a line heard many times, an expression allowing killers to do their deeds without the fear of being caught.


Go , watch the film and don’t be too hard on the plot, casting or the accuracy of the history of the USSR.

Ms Safirah Irani



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