From the young, up-and-coming European director, Daniel Espinosa, this film will take you back to the inexorable and ridiculous time in the Great Purges in the Soviet Union. The darkness of political fight, or an abhorrent murderer - which is more ghoulish?
The two story lines in the film sometimes interweave and sometimes run parallel, but they are always very clear and enhance each other.
At the end of the movie, there is a second and subtle climax, when Leo (Tom Hardy) and his wife Raisa go to adopt two orphans, whose parents were killed when Leo, leading his team, was complying with a command. This seems to deliver the message that the light of the human spirit will break through all darkness, and this gives a warm but also a profound ending to a thriller.
Disappointed to see 6.4/10 in IMDb, but I will vote over 8.0 for it. It is not simply a Hollywood type. Yes, the sound and the colour seem a little bleak, but they match the background of the story perfectly. If you like the European style, I bet you will enjoy it.
Title: Child 44 [DVD]
Director: Daniel Espinosa
Reviewed by Honour Z, Northcote Community Library
Honour Z works at Northcote Library. She loves reading biographies and nonfiction in general.