Child 44 (2015)

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Avg Rating: 4.6 / 5. Voted: 10

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Directed by: Daniel Espinosa
Starring: Tom Hardy (Demidov), Noomi Rapace (Raisa), Joel Kinnaman (Vasili), Fares Fares (Alexei), Gary Oldman (Nesterov), Jason Clarke (Brodsky), Paddy Considine (Vladimir), Vincent Cassel (Kuzmin)
strong>Country: USA
Language: English (Eng Subs)
Runtime: 02:17:09
Genres: Based on a True Story, Detective, Gay, Military, Old-Young, Serial Killers

Plot – Spoilers:
Demidov is a WW-II hero, famous for an iconic photograph of him with the Soviet flag during the conquest of Berlin. Smug about his professional and personal future with an ostensibly devoted wife, Demidov is soon forced to question the system he staunchly defends, when it comes calling home.

What begins as a Stalin-era Soviet military story with actors speaking accented English, soon migrates towards the crimes of serial killer Andrei Chikatilo. Chikatilo’s killings actually spanned a later era, but of what use is creative liberty, if you can’t use it.

For those more interested in Chikatilo, Citizen X is more devoted to his crimes.

5 thoughts on “Child 44 (2015)

  • May 28, 2020 at 3:38 am

    I really want to thank you for posting this film. I requested it sometime back and am very please you “heard” me.

    You do indeed both rock AND roll!

    Thanks again for having such a great, great website!

  • June 18, 2020 at 11:21 pm

    After watching I think, 20 Effedup movies with horrible endings this one had the best ending. Leo’s wife is a tuff bird and a true surviver. I do not know if this was based on a true story or not but, great acting was exhibited in this . Keep up the great work at Effedup I’ll be watching Citizen X next.

  • August 12, 2020 at 7:10 pm

    Great film, that very likely captures 1950s opressive Russian Communism society very well… The locations, atmosphere, scenes, and time in history were well laid out and timed. But here and there the story seemed to slip a little expecially toward the end! But the excellent cast and acting held the film togather very well, and it was very entertaining, thank you!… Doc Blake

  • September 15, 2020 at 10:20 pm

    Good Movie! Great actors! Thanks EUM!

  • October 18, 2020 at 9:43 pm

    despite having some of my favourite actors I found the film a bit cliched
    its neither one thing or another – paddy considine is not utilised sufficiently and the child killer plot seems to go nowhere – the political side again isnt really explored and we end up with cliched punch ups that reveal the hollywood formula
    bit of a disappointment

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