Child 44

Child 44

DVD - 2015
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In 1953 Soviet Russia, secret police agent Leo Demidov loses status, power, and home when he refuses to denounce his own wife, Raisa, as a traitor. Exiled from Moscow to a grim provincial outpost, Leo and Raisa join forces with General Mikhail Nesterov to track down a serial killer who preys on young boys. Their quest for justice threatens a system-wide cover-up by Leo's psychopathic rival Vasili, who insists there is no crime in paradise.
Publisher: Universal City, CA :, Summit Entertainment,, [2015]
Branch Call Number: DVD
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (137 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in
digital,optical,surround,Dolby Digital 5.1,rda
video file,DVD video,region 1,rda
Alternative Title: Child forty four

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thornhill_boy
May 20, 2017

Surprisingly underrated movie. Gripping story, realistic locations, great performance by the cast, low light screen ambiance to go with the dark plot. The 'whodunit' part seemed rather weak but there was plenty of other elements to compensate for the gap.

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22METZ
Mar 21, 2017

Book is a lot of fiction. Child 44 is based on a serial killer of children and women between 1978 and when apprehended in 1990. In the so called paradise people were starving, oppressed; living in fear. Stalin had over 780,000 executed. He was a cruel and sadistic dictator. Movie was more about a couple having difficulty getting anyone's attention regarding the murders. It was a very good movie regardless.

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KristineKroenke
Dec 06, 2016

The problem with this movie is it is apparent it was taken from a longer complex story and edited multiple times so they could get a 2 hour movie. As a result, the movie feels disjointed. The acting, however, was good.

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amoby
Nov 30, 2016

This was a thrilling movie with great sets/location shots. I don't think I would want to read this book.

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firefly5
Oct 21, 2016

Very dark and violent movie. Russia in the1950's is a very sinister place. Intriguing story, but at times I lost track of who the characters were. I felt the story was a bit disjointed at times.

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QnVz
Oct 11, 2016

Absolutely captivating story. Deeply gripping!

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voisjoe1_0
Aug 13, 2016

Critic reviews were mixed, but I decided to watch because the film starred Tom Hardy (The Legend) and Noomi Rapace (The Girl with the Dragon Tatoo Trilogy)who I believe are going to be the stars of the next 20 years or so. Surely, the film is not a masterpiece and contains a fairytale ending, but I enjoyed the plot, the mystery, and the attempt to deliver a glimpse of life under Stalin.

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Ron@Ottawa
Jul 06, 2016

Messy directing and editing make this film not enjoyable to watch, despite the large cast of known actors. In the end I felt good it was finally over. Disappointing.

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jonathan4300
Jun 18, 2016

Recomend this, if you like a good story. Interesting for me, Russia scares me.

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hecto
Mar 30, 2016

This is a vehicle for showing what a great actor Tom Hardy is. The dialogue goes awry at times, giving the actors some inadvertently funny lines; and stricter editing could have shortened the length. But it's worth seeing. The fight scenes are very realistic, not at all like 'movie fights'. All of the principals do a good job, and we get the bonus of a cameo by Vincent Cassel.

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jimg2000
Oct 24, 2015

The love story (Leo and Raisa among friends:)
Leo: Do you remember when we first met? Raisa, remember when we first met?
You thought that I was rude.
Raisa: You were rude.
Leo: I was not rude.
Raisa: You were staring at me.
Leo: I was... I was mesmerized. I was mesmerized by your beauty. Even had to get off at the wrong Metro station just to ask you your name. ... She told me her name was Lena.
... Days later ...
Leo: But then I found you somehow. 8:15 A.M. same train platform that I met you before. Then I asked you...Well, I convinced you to walk with me that day. And when we got to the school gate, I held your hands, and I looked into your eyes, and I said to you, "Lena, ... , Lena, "I am so ready to kiss you right now." And do you know what Lena told me? "Comrade Demidov, my name is Raisa." Who's Raisa? So now I have to go back to work, and tell all my friends that I'm in love with Raisa. This beautiful Raisa. My friends, they all laugh at me. ...

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jimg2000
Oct 24, 2015

SPOILER ALERT:

-You're going to Volsk, which, from what I've heard, is pretty much the asshole of the earth, and join the Militsia.

-There is no murder in paradise. ... In 1933, at the height of Joseph Stalin's state-imposed famine against the Ukrainian people, an estimated 25,000 died each day from starvation. The systematic extermination by hunger known as the Holodomor, left millions of children orphaned.

- At the end of the day, hero, monster... we are both killers, you and I. Tell me, are there no children on your conscience, Leo? You knew what you were doing and you chose to do it. But me, ... I can't help it. I can't.

-Remember, you are not in Moscow anymore. Here, we have an arrangement. If you do anything to endanger my team. If you report anything which undermines my authority. If you portray my officers as incompetent. If you do any of these things, I will kill you myself.

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