Child 44 (2015)
Starring Tom Hardy, Gary Oldman, Noomi Rapace, Joel Kinnaman, Paddy Considine, Fares Fares, Jason Clarke, and Vincent Cassel
Directed by Daniel Espinosa
Ultimately, the problem with Child 44 is that it tries too hard to be too many things. In addition to the variety of story lines above -- murdered children, traitors, the Holodomor -- there are numerous other tales woven into the mix. While the serial killer certainly takes precedence, it too often feels pushed to the side while a variety of other depressing aspects make appearances with very little emotional impact. Tom Hardy and Noomi Rapace are fine, but there's certainly no aire of charisma between the two. Quite frankly, I didn't even realized they were actually married until about halfway through. Gary Oldman (as an officer who befriends Leo) has a tendency to overdo it in certain films, but here, his screen presence is a welcome breath of fresh air in the film's second act. Granted, it's not enough to save the film from being a rather tiresome slog to sit through. While there are aspects of the story that could very well stand on their own, the kitchen sink method of Child 44 just doesn't work in its favor.
The RyMickey Rating: D+