FILM PREVIEW: Intriguing politically charged thriller

Child 44 ANL-150414-094341001
Child 44 ANL-150414-094341001
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CHILD 44 (15, SHOWCASE CINEMAS PETERBOROUGH, FROM FRIDAY)

There’s a lot of positivity being thrown the way of this intriguing politically-charged serial killer thriller set in a 1953 Stalin era Soviet Russia – complete with star-studded cast.

Based on the first of a trilogy of novel’s by Tom Rob Smith, Child 44 chronicles the crisis of conscience for idealistic secret police agent Leo Demidov (Brit star Tom Hardy), who loses status, power and his home, when he refuses to denounce his wife Raisa (Prometheus’ Noomi Rapace) as a traitor.

Exiled from Moscow to a grim provincial outpost, the husband and wife team join forces with Gary Oldman’s General Nesterov to track down to track down a serial killer who preys on young boys.

This is much to the chagrin of Leo’s psychopathic rival (Robocop’s Joel Kinnaman) who claims such a crime can’t exist in a country like the Soviet Union.